Talk me into upgrading something!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by DoctorZee, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. DoctorZee

    DoctorZee Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    New York / New Jersey
    I’ve always kept my basses with all stock parts, and have never thought “geez, this pickup could be better” or “these tuners are weak.” So, I’m okay. But I’ve got a bonus coming from work, and wondering if I’d enjoy an upgrade of some kind.

    I’m currently using a Player Series Jazz and Player Series Precision (in avatar). The J will be my main bass in a start-up 90s cover band—alternative, pop-punk, pop, etc.

    Think I’d enjoy new pickups, pots, bridge, tuners? Or nah, just stay content? Please state your reasoning.
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I think you misfiled this. I would ask to move to pick ups/electronics or set up/hardware.

    Good luck with the upgrades!
  3. DoctorZee

    DoctorZee Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    New York / New Jersey
    Oops, you're right. Mods can please feel free to move this.
  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Push the report button and ask them to move it.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Get yourself some Lindy Fralin pickups. Or, maybe some other “booteek” pickups you might be curious about. Gain the experience of what these type of pickups have to offer.
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  6. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Upgrade the tuners, my Mexican bass is always in need of a tune up, while my 60’s themed Precision has Gotoh tuners, and it never needs tuning.
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  7. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    You can:
    1) Buy a nicer car. I hear they get better mileage and have less impact on the environment than older models.
    2) Wear a toupee instead of shaving you head, or washing your hair.
    3) Wear kilts (modern ones, not traditional), skirts, and dresses instead of pants, only one leg opening to fool with, easier to pee, cooler.
    4) Get voice command software so you don't have to type anymore, and some that reads to you too.
    5) eat moor chiken.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  8. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    If you want to spend a little money on your basses, make sure the fretwork is flawless and the setup is right where you want it. Either buy some tools, study up and do it yourself, or pay a pro to do it for you. If you basically like the look, feel and sound of your bass, then invest in making it play smoothly and effortlessly. Where you can close your eyes and feel the notes coming out of it, and be comfortable doing that for a whole gig. That will improve you as a musician, and it will increase your enjoyment of being a musician. Fighting your instrument isn't fun.
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  9. Consider getting a Yamaha THR10x portable amp. It has a setting for bass guitar. Sounds good. Keeps the sound small but still very cool sounding. Great amp. This amp is not too loud for any situation that I know of.