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so, what do you think is best for me to do?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eastcoasteddie, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. I have 2 Dean Sledgehammer 5's. One is my "bastard guinea pig" which many of you know I did a 2nd pickup installation and series/parallel/split coil switching for each pickup. I love this bass, I'm keeping it.

    the other is the one that I vowed to leave all original. I did the same pickup switching on that one, though, it makes for a better bass with slightly more versatility.

    I decided to put that one up in the classifieds, but it seems that no one is really interested. I put it up because I felt that I'd just thin the herd out a bit, you know, clean house.

    But since no one cares about it, I started thinking about just keeping it and do a similar 2nd pickup install, except this time a P-pickup. A Delano ceramic P to be exact, the PMVC 5 FE/M2


    It is supposed to have the same sized housing as a standard 4-string P. I stopped by my local luthier, and he has a bunch of P-pup routing templates. Not an issue like I had with the MM pickup (no template and couldn't get one made....:rollno: )

    So what says you? that P-pup in this bass:


    ...or should I go with a J-pup in the neck?
  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    i've seen your bass in the classifieds and i think its a great looking bass, just not my style.

    i'm not huge on P pickups at all so my vote would probably be for the J if you're going to route it.

    I would probably leave it alone though.
  3. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
  4. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    I like P pups better then J's so would agree with your choice of a P pup set for neck position.
  5. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    If P, reverse P.
  6. I'm SO silly!!!!
    I totally forgot I had a set of Ceramic magnet J pickups sitting in my parts drawer.

    So, instead of doing a P, I'm going with a J neck pickup, which means I don't have to spend $160+ for a pickup.

    So I'm also thinking of going with a P-nut FNA look to the bass, except much, much cheaper:






    I'm not sure if I should go slant either way or straight across. Does the tone really vary that much to make a difference, or is it a matter of how it "looks"?




    I wanted to go ceramic since the MM is a ceramic as well. The J is the same size as a standard Fender JV neck pickup, so it can ber replaced with ease rather than doing a weird pickup size (loke so many aftermarket pickups are unless noted that they are standard)
  7. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Slant it like the Warwicks - with the lower portion closest to the neck. You'll get a more consistent tone.
  8. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    I agree, slant it like the first example. Not to mention it just flows with the shape of the body. I think that'll make the bass look pretty nice, I've never played one but it definitely will look like a poor man's Warwick
  9. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Awesome idea, Ed! Slant it like the 'wick Jazzmans!

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