Silk purse out of a Sow's ear.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matthewfoote, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Can you make a good bass out a cheap one by replacing the pickups and pre-amp?

    I have a OLP MM3, and was wondering if I put some decent pups in it like norstrands or Kent Armstrong customs and also changed the pre out for a nice one like the ACG/John East filter pre would the rest of the bass benefit from it.

    Or, would I just be better selling the OLP putting all the money together and simply buying a better bass.

    Opinions and discussion welcome.


  2. You can but I would consider thinking about how much you paid for the bass and how much it will cost to put the electronics in it. Personally I would just change the pickup since I think that would have the largest effect. Also consider how much you like the bass. If you really like the bass and see yourself keeping it for a long time,then it could be worth it.
  3. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Yeah, it's definitely an improvement but you also have to deal with things like action and setup too. You could put Sadowsky parts in it but it won't sound and feel like a Sadowsky if it's set up like a Squire.
  4. Sell the OLP, gather all your money and get a better bass.
  5. Guys

    Many thanks for your views, they confirm what I was starting to think so I will hold fire on any changes to the OLP and start looking around for something new.