Telecaster Bass: curing "Mudbucker Syndrome"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Sep 17, 2006.


  1. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I have a '72 Telecaster that I just love: nice light resonant body, great feeling well broken in chunky neck. But, I can't stand the big bucket-o-mud that is the stock Fender humbucker...ick!
    Enter Fred Hammon and the Dark Star pickup:
    http://www.hammoneng.com/
    I had previously tried one of these as an add-on second pup in the neck position of an OLP MM2, and really liked it. I had the OLP apart for some bench work and thought "ya know, that Dark Star is just about the same size as the Tele Mudbucker...hmmmm..."
    So I got out the Tele, took it apart, and dang if the Dark Star doesn't just drop right in. The stock route is plenty big, and the Dark Star top mounts over the stock p/g hole as tho it were meant to from the factory.
    I bought a new pickguard so I could pull the stock Tele pup and p/g as a unit and set them aside in case I'm ever held hostage and need a stock Tele bass as ransom money or something.
    The installation process: de-tension the strings and set them out of the way. Remove the vol/tone knobs, and drop the pots into the body route. Then, sweat the Tele's stock pup wires off the volume pot, sweat the Dark Star leads on, install new guard, lay the DarkStar down, drill four 1/16" for the Dark Star surround's mounting screws, screw her down.
    Tension the strings back up. Took about 1/2 an hour.

    The results: great huge authoritative lows, sparkly bell like highs, killer mix cutting clarity. Sweeeeet!

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  2. Looks beautiful man, nice work. You should get some sound clips up!
     
  3. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I don't have the capacity, or I would...sorry:(
     
  4. To (slightly) misquote Alex from A Clockwork Orange;

    "... tis gorgeousness and gorgeousity made wood."
    :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:
     
  5. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks, I think;)
     
  6. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass

    Dec 29, 2005
    Canada
    Nice!
    Don't forget to pull the plastic off of the pickguard.
     
  7. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Yessir, all done.
    Took those photos just after ''fire it up and check her out testing. Plastic is off, tug bar is back on, along with the rest of the p/g screws, and vol/tone knobs...


     
  8. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Dewicious.

    edit- That thing is begging for flats. I can hear it. It won't stop. Please oblige the bass.
     
  9. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks man!
    It's gonna be real fun to have such a sweet player back in my gig bag!
     
  10. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    Mmmmmm, darkstar...that bass is bad! i love worn in fenders, and that is a sweet one. i bet that bass sounds so amazing now.
     
  11. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Smart. The original pup in almost any condition will fetch over $100. In the original bass, it's probably keeps the bass from devaluing a lot more than that.
     
  12. Thursday

    Thursday

    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    OMG sexy bass!
     
  13. Interceptor

    Interceptor

    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    Nice!

    How does this one compare with your '51 reissue?
     
  14. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks...

    got any specific q's?
    neck, weight, and feel are pretty similar...tho the Dark Star is it's own wonderful flavor...the 51 has the seymour duncan scpb3, another nice pup...

     
  15. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    I really need an excuse to check out your gear. I mean, hell.. wanna give me lessons or something :)
     
  16. Very Sweet mod.
     
  17. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Oh, how much does that plank weight btw?
     
  18. Interceptor

    Interceptor

    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    I'm wonderin' how the tone is vs. the '51, and how quiet the Darkstar is. I had a '51, loved the tone, but needed something with better hum immunity.
     
  19. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    I think that's pretty cool. I wonder how it would sound if you added another Darkstar near the bridge. It might just be the most versatile bass in the world.

    -Mark
     
  20. Nicely done!!!
     
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