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New Project Bass! Modulus/Delano content

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DennyOnBass, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. I have a new bass project I'm working on with Tim Miller from the Great Lakes Guitar Company. Tim is a close friend and we've been talking for a while about having him build a bass for me.

    I have a six string Modulus that I never play, and Tim and I have been talking about using the neck as a platform for a new bass, something more in the realm of the Stingray 5 that I've been using for my main bass, but obviously still it's own creature and with some refinements.

    Here's my Photoshop mockup.


    The body is based on the MTD American series, although we're planning on beefing up the upper horn and probably contouring the body a little differently. The body will be ash and use the finish as shown. Does anybody know why Modulus doesn't seem to do ash bodies?

    What I'm hoping to do pickup-wise is a Music Man styled six string pickup in the bridge and a Jazz styled pickup in the neck position. I'd like to be able to do Parallel/Single Coil/Series, with the neck pickup kicking in when it's in single coil mode. I'm not sure how possible this is. I know that Delano makes a 6 string MM styled pickup, but their six string jazz pickups are apparently dual coil, so there wouldn't be that cancellation of hum, I think.

    I'm still not sure about the bridge. Overall, I'm looking for that Modulus clarity with a little more of that Stingray bite. I know it's not going to really sound anything like a Stingray, I just want to head somewhat in that direction.

    So, what do you guys think? Cool idea or stupid?
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Awesome idea! Good luck with the project.
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    Wow.. if it looks anywhere as good as that, itll be spectacular.
  4. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    It seems like a shame to take the Modulus apart especially with the prices for new ones being so high. Why not sell it and buy a 5 String Modulus replacement neck and work with that for your custom idea if you don't usually play 6 string?
  5. tkcthulu


    Nov 15, 2010
    Calgary, AB

    Can't really sell just the body, but you can sell the whole thing and buy a neck
  6. I used to play 6 string exclusively, but my previous Modulus sounded much better than the one I have now. The previous one was stolen or I'd probably still be playing it. I've been playing in a five piece and haven't been doing as much soloing/chordal playing as I was in the past and the five string has been fine, but I'm about to start a funky power trio and will probably benefit from having a six string again.

    It isn't like I'm destroying the bass. We aren't altering the neck at all, so I can always have Tim build me a new neck down the line and I can rejoin the Modulus neck to its original body. I won't be selling the body regardless, but before I got it it was already heavily routed/altered/beat up for a MIDI project that never got off the ground.

    I'm really not a big fan of the Modulus body shape or I would have contacted Modulus about the possibility of building me a new body.
  7. James, how is the Delano on your Bee bass in single coil mode? Is the noise overbearing? I rarely use single coil mode on my Stingray...I'm wondering if there's some way to wire it up to bypass single coil mode and just blend the Delano 6 string jazz pickup with the MM styled pickup in parallel and series mode.
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I like it in single coil and it's pretty quiet. It's easy enough to wire it just series/parallel.
  9. Cool. I suppose I can always have it wired to include single coil mode and have it rewired if I end up not liking it.
  10. Just as a follow-up, we're bailing on using the Modulus neck and doing a traditional wooden necked fiver. I just got a chance to check out the Delano Hybrid system on a bass and decided that it was the direction I wanted to go tone-wise.

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