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New Pups and Pots on a S-101 Bass seems a waste

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by planetdrumz, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. planetdrumz


    Jan 4, 2016
    Yup, I think i wasted some money trying to make this Bass a bit better (S-101 P COPY), but no such luck. I installed Seymour Duncan Quarter pounder's and Fender Pots, (strings were just changed before upgrade). I Hear a little bit of a better sound but it just sounds muddy and dead.....could this be because its a cheapo Bass and the body is made out of inferior wood?

    I'm thinking of just dumping this bass and getting one of the new Ibanez Talman TMB 100 Basses. Im a left handed player so my choices are limited and I dont want to spend a ton of money on a Bass yet.

    Any Thoughts?
  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I have found that some basses just sound bad. Pickup changes give you different flavors of bad. I only know one solution. Put EMG active pickups in it. EMG's sound like EMG's, no matter what you put them in.
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  3. Adjust your pickup height!

    That is the secret to 1/4 pounders (and many other pickups)!!
  4. Who makes the S-101?
  5. Pickups only make a tiiiiiny difference.
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  6. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Talman... looks like fun. :)
    Go play a bunch of them.
    $200 ?
  7. planetdrumz


    Jan 4, 2016
    Thanks for all the quick responses. I appreciate the information

    I did mess with the pickup height a little and still weren't happy with it. I have a Dean edge 4 with EMG active pickups and sound a hundred times better.
  8. nerkoids

    nerkoids Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    An offshoot company owned by Samick, called ASG, American Sejung Guitar, or something like that.

    I have a left-handed S-101 P bass copy. They're fine, once they're set up properly. The stock pup, string tree and the knobs are garbage, but the rest of the bass is perfectly fine. The neck on these things are huge.
  9. planetdrumz


    Jan 4, 2016
    Made some more adjustments to the pickups, action, and set the intonation and It's seems to sound pretty good now! IMO for the price of these, you can't go wrong.

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