New pickups in my Lakland 4402!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by birminghambass, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    So, Lakland has always been on my list of basses that disappointed me. Love the look and feel, don't care for the tone. I'm (mostly) a rocker and prefer the sound of vintage-ish alnico passive pickups into a Sansamp /GK rig. So this weekend I pulled out the MM pickup and installed an OEM Stingray pickup. Replaced the neck j with a Lollar. Sounded great, much more of what I like. Still not perfect though. I happen to have 6 sets of jazz pickups, started swapping the neck j until I found the right one. Thought it would be the Delano with the big poles, nope. The best mate was by far a Fender Super 55. Matched volume of the MM and similar tone. Plugged in the bass has guts and punch like never before! Took it to practice last night and it did not disappoint. Raw and punchy, cut right through two distorted guitars. I did a direct comparison with the MM soloed and my Stingray. The 4402 sounded very close but not quite there. I'm thinking the pickup being slightly more toward the bridge and the different preamp is the difference. Adding some bass and mid boost on the stock LH3 preamp got me closer to the MM, not sure if I could tell a difference in the mix. Overall I highly recommend a pickup swap if, like me, you love the 4402 but need more grunt!
  2. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Yeah you probably won't nail that Stingray tone with it, but you can get darn close.

    I assume you had the Lakland pickups (not Barts)? I replaced mine with a few different sets at first but the best set by far was Lace Sensor Man O War's which are still in it now. Quite an improvement!
  4. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    looks it sounds good as well!