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Need Advice - Replacing Pick-ups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by QORC, Mar 3, 2005.


  1. QORC

    QORC

    Aug 22, 2003
    East Coast
    Guys: Sorry to sound so ignorant but...

    I got a 5-string bass I love in terms of look and feel, but I'm unhappy with the stock, active pickups. I've never attempted a change so I have some questions.

    1. Advice on the type/brand of pickups? Need advice here. I hear names, but I'd like to get some that give me a fatter, cleaner sound with the active EQ.
    2. How do I find some the same basic width so as not to ruin the look of it? (one is fat, one is skinny)
    3. How do I avoid exposing old screw holes? I'm sure some new pickups would have different screw spacings?
    4. Advice on how to do it?? is it a matter of snip-snip and attaching the wires from the new ones?? any advice on drilling new holes?

    Should I take it to a repair guy?