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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dinodino, Mar 31, 2015.
Sorry, was running out the door, yes 3 tone sunburst.
Who wants more Sire mods!? This was a suhweeet build. Required a little bit of modding in the pickup cavity (had to widen very slightly), but the end result is superb! I have a more in depth video on this build coming, but this sounds too good not to share:
EMG 45 TWX pickups (with included push pulls)
EMG BQC System preamp
EMG 2 way switch setup as a 'kill switch'
Controls are Volume, Tone, Blend, Mid/Mid Freq, Bass/Treb
This mod was in the similar vein of Project Code Red, my latest modified SBMM Ray4HH SUB featuring two EMG MMTW pickups w/ push pulls, a 3 way EMG Tele switch, and a BTC preamp.
@LowEndLobster Sounds great! I have an M2 (second bass I ever bought) and while I love the weight and the neck and the preamp, the pickups are... unexciting. The M5 sounds much better, and I'm sure it's the pickups. I'd have been very interested to hear this mod with just the pickups replaced, since I think that's where the real problem is.
Thank you! You're 100% correct from what I can tell. The pickups are what really make the difference. The preamp, though not amazing in my opinion, doesn't really negatively impact the tone - and paired with a nice set of pickups like in the M5 will sound quite nice. I was super bummed that it wasn't a complete drop in replacement and I had to modify the pickup cavity slightly, but at the end of the day I'm happy with the result and I think Bully will be too
One more Sire vid for you guys. Swapped out the stock preamp with the John East Uni 5 knob (stock pickups in this vid) and WOW!
I did the swap on mine. I did not have a PCB for the tone / volume control. It was closer to a traditional setup, where the cap was just soldered on the pot. So the swap was easier, I just cut of the old one and soldered on the new one in place. It sounds great. Actually it wasn`t a HUGE difference, but definitely noticeable.
Thanks for the tips.
Also, Lobster, thank you for the video and the inspiration!
You must have an all-passive V5, no? Otherwise I'm REALLY curious to see a pic of the back of the control plate!
Nope, I have a P7 (2nd gen. Alder.) I forgot to take a pick, but will do next time. The volume / tone pot was a separate entity, and was not connected to the pickup dial with a PCB board.
Wow, first I'd heard of that!
I`ll try to find time to take it off again tomorrow, and post a pic.
Hi, folks. I'm looking for the thread concerning replacement knobs for Sire basses (I did a search.)
This is the best post I've read on the topic.
100% agreed, my p7 is the best sounding, most comfortable, easiest to play bass I own! Although I still love my american precision basses. Oh,and the fretboard blocks are gorgeous.
100% ^^ on both posts above.
Did you make that pickguard? I really want a white pearl 3-ply pickguard for my P7.
I got my Sadowsky style knobs (black aluminum) from Best Bass Gear. I think they looks awesome!
Here is the system:
As for the P7 vs. Precision Bass discussion:
The P7 is much more versatile because of the preamp (and the extra J pickup). These mods I (we) did get the passive sound of the P7 much closer to that of a Precision bass. So now I can have THAT p-bass sound, but also switch on the preamp and get whatever sound I need.
I also switched the necks between my P7 and Fender Jazz. The P7 neck is a great J-bass neck, and that paired with a Fender body and electronics, makes for an awesome, classic J-bass.
The P7 body with a Fender jazz bass neck enabled me to put in a Precision nut, so the string-spacing is now that of P-bass. Since my playing style is that of Sean Hurley (Not playing level, playing style ), the closeness of the E and G string to the side of the fretboard is not an issue, I don`t really dig in hard.
To re-cap (pun intended): With the new cap, now I can have that classical P-bass feel and sound, and still have a very versatile instrument, if any other sounds are needed.
Woah! That's the first I've seen of something like that. When did you purchase that bass? Is that a Gen 1 or 2?
I would love to see under the hoods of some other recent Sires. Looks like they've standardized the preamp so it's all one piece and the knobs can go wherever the holes get drilled. Unless that is an *old* preamp and perhaps the manufacturing engineers went the other way (with a few different packages for different models) for assembly speed.
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