Project bass! everyone gather 'round!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dancehallclasher, Oct 13, 2001.

  1. ok then, here's my deal. i recently got my reverend rumblefish, which i'm absolutely loving, it's a beast for punk and rock, which is what i usually play. it's got a maple fingerboard and i'm using roundwounds.

    now then, i want to turn my other bass, a cheap washburn XB-100, into something completely different, something old-school, that evokes jamerson, something great for reggae too. it has a p-style pickup, rosewood board, and pretty much crappy electronics, tuners, bridge, etc

    so the plan so far is, i'm gonna put on some thumpy fender flatwounds, drop in some sort of better pickup (seymour duncan?), maybe fool with the saddles and tuners, basically i'm open to any suggestions, no holds barred. i want your ideas, people!

    after i get a general idea of the mods i want to make, i'll create new threads for each in the appropriate forum.
  2. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    saw the horns off and make it oval,put in a big stingray humbucker and call it a washray:D
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    1) Put on a nice, big ABM bridge.
    2) Drop in a Bartolini pickup and preamp. Is it a 24 fret bass?
    3) Brass nut
    4) If you want to spend the money, put on a set of Hipshot Ultralites.

    You'll have one hell of a bass right there.
  4. Bassstud1

    Bassstud1 Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2001
    LaPorte Indiana USA
    I know you are looking for old school but before you get too crazy with buying parts check out what a bass with a piezo bridge pickup sounds like
  5. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I really like all the Dimarzio pups I've tried, but I am getting intrigued with some passive Barts on my new bass (for the life of me, I thought that all Barts were active!). I think that any really beefy bridge is cool, or you could drill through the body, make it a string-through? Is it fretted?

    Well, enough of my babel... try the string-through option... thats me vote!

  6. good ideas so far... i've considered defretting before, but i want to do all these mods myself, and i'm just not confident enough to do that one.

    i hadn't thought of changing the nut, angus. how is that supposed to affect the sound?

    i might get hipshot ultralites for my rumblefish, then put the old rumblefish tuners on the washburn.

    it's a 20-fret bass, and as far as the pickup, i'd rather stay with a passive p-style, if anyone has recommendations in that department.
  7. How is the set up onyours? I know my 102 needs some tweaking. I get lots of fret noise when beating on it, even with open strings.
  8. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    A good nut can completely change how well the bass plays. Properly cut, the action can be super low without ANY fretbuzz all the across the neck. With brass, IMO, you also get a more consistent sound with open vs. fretted notes.

    20 frets? AWESOME! As far as pickups, change whatever you have in there right now, but also ADD A DIMARZIO WOOFER PICKUP. It's the same thing that's on the Yamaha Billy Sheehan bass, if you've ever played one of those. They give you KILLER depth in your tone. This would be absolutely absolutely killer for reggae! Would require some routing and wiring, but if you do one thing to the bass, this is it. I would have these on all my basses if they had <22 frets. Good stuff. :D

    BTW, putting ultralites on the Rumblefish is a better idea. I assumed they had them already!
  9. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Nice call on the pickup like Billy Sheehan's, you could also run a second output, the p goes to one, the woofer to the other... that's the way his yamahas are set up. The dimarzio is called the model one, and its a direct replacement for the Gibson EB series... you could probably get a hold of a messed up Epiphone EB, swipe the pick-up, and you are off and running!

  10. i would say to change the pup you already have for an EBO-style humbucker (gibson EBO) THAT's old school!
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Thats what the woofer is that I suggested, only a modern version that works better. Except, he can keep the p pickup for total clarity, and stick a woofer right by the neck joint, and you got deep bass right there.
  12. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    lol :D

    i like the idea of the dimarzio woofer for a bridge pickup. i would change the original pup with a 1/4pounder. maybe we could get all crazy and throw in a 3RD PICKUP!!! :eek: ...... maybe 2 1/4pounders and the woofer .....

    get a badass II bridge. or maybe a different one and put some ashtrays on it.

    or! ..... you could try to install some homemade LED inlays!!! that would be something!
  13. that neck pickup is an interesting idea... i think i may save that for a tad later, though, and just try to find a new P pickup first, as i've never done any routing/electronics work before and simply changing the existing pickup would be a good first step for me in that department.

    as far as a string-thru-body bridge, what effect does that have on the sound? also, will simply buying new saddles do anything for me?

    gruffpuppy - actually, i was just messing around with the action yesterday. i've had the opposite experience with my washburn, the action has always been a tad too high. but that's cool, i don't need low action for the direction i'm going with this.
  14. looks like my thread got lost in the bump shuffle.

    so *ahem* BUMP.
  15. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    The string through will increase the sustain, and may also have other benefits that I don't know... But I think it's pretty cool, so you should do it!


  16. ryan morris

    ryan morris Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    i'd def. try the string thru thing. i was going to do that with my old frettless project bass. you can find those string furrelles(sp?) on carvin's page i think. i'd also go with the duncan qp's. later, ryan
  17. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Y'know... if you're looking for the dub/reggae thing, I would just switch the PU to a Duncan Antiquity and LEAVE it. With all due respect to the other posters, almost all of the other mods suggested here (except the EB-0 style bridge PU and defretting, bith of whch you are leaning away from) are actually going to INCREASE brightness and sustain... which I think is what you're NOT looking for, no?
  18. yah...if you want more thump from a washburn, a heavey bridge would be a good idea (though the one on mine is pretty damn heavy)

    oh....and POST 1000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D :D :D