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Replacing J with soapbar

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ex34.6, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. ex34.6


    Mar 17, 2006
    I'm looking at buying a Yamaha RBX170 P/J. Could I replace the J with a soapbar? I'm not sure I want to do this, but I would like to know before I buy.
  2. Jehos

    Jehos Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    DFW, TX
    Usually if you want to swap out for a different type of pickup it involves routing (cutting) a new hole in the bass to fit the pickup. So the answer is "yes, if you're willing to hack up your bass, no if you're not".
  3. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa

    Is there a particular soap bar pickup that you are wanting to try that you cannot replicate in tone with a similar "standard" jazz pickup?
  4. ex34.6


    Mar 17, 2006
    I'm not trying to get a specific sound right now, but I will definitely want to get rid of the J hum.
  5. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    There are options other than routing. You can do some shielding in the pickup cavities for starters. Another avenue are 'noiseless' type j pickups. They won't give a true single-coil tone but they would be much less susceptible to hum...


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