New to forum - looking for input!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bradneym, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. bradneym


    Apr 14, 2012
    Hey guys, I've been playing bass for about 5 years now, started on a crappy Dean Edge, and a while later bought a MusicMan Sterling (real Sterling, not the "Sterling" brand). Now I'm looking to buy another bass just for the hell of it and I'm not sure where to go. I'm hoping to spend less than $700, so I was thinking of buying a MIM Jazz bass and replacing the pickups. Any idea on what pups could give me that flea-like growl? Any input is appreciated!

  2. Uh, didn't Flea play a Music Man?
  3. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    I put EMG pups in my MIM with a 2 band eq. Sounds great, and was a great deployment bass.

    I'm probably going to sell it soon, though.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Why would you buy an MIM Jazz and replace the pickups without playing it? (Mine sounds great.)

    It always amazes me how many people have decided that the pickups in a bass they have never touched must be inferior. No evidence, just a decision with no basis.

    Buy what pleases you, but for heaven's sake PLAY IT for a while before changing anything...except strings. They make a big difference in sound, and if you have a preferred string, install them immediately.
  5. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Buy a used MIA Fender, you can find them all day lone for around that price.

    And I totally it first before deciding to swap anything.
  6. bradneym


    Apr 14, 2012
    I've played a MIM Jazz at Guitar Center quite a few times and I never really got the sound I wanted. I could probably attribute that to old strings that have been played to death and never changed. I'd like to get some fresh Ernie Ball slinky's on one and try it out. I might just buy it with stock pickups and change the strings because I love the way Jazz basses feel and my tax return is burning a hole in my pocket.
  7. Catbuster


    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    MIM, yeah. Add a lot of bottom/lo mids & some OD for Flea's sound.