Telecaster Bass: curing "Mudbucker Syndrome"

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


  1. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have to agree there. My 73 screams BASS big bold and in your face...like right now :smug: Fat and warm is a good way to discribe it. If you are a player who is used to having allot of high end tone you will hate it. I have changed my whole bass style and gone for low fat tone with P basses and flats so this bass is great. I will work with the original as is no matter what to get my tone.
    I think Chefs mod is awsome thou.It was done well and i am sure sounds great.
     
  2. your idol

    your idol

    Oct 13, 2008
    Murfreesboro TN
    yeah i like to wallow in the mud but you can never knock rollin with a Darkstar in this bad boy
     
  3. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn

    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Hey... why is the darkstar upsidedown?
     
  4. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    You can flip them either way, they're single coil pickups, so flipped this way, the coil is closer to the bridge/further from the neck.
     
  5. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    No can do.
    It stays with the bass so if I were ever nuts enough to sell it, it could go back to stock.

     
  6. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The DarkStar doesn't lack any low end compared to anything except perhaps the stock pickup-which was just too dang big and indistinct for me.
    YMMV, and if you like the stock pickup, good for you;) The rest of the bass is excellent.

    I reversed the Darkstar to "poles closer to bridge" to tighten up the tone some. Having the pickup sitting right on the end of the fingerboard "is a deep placement."

    I don't know that there is a "front and back" to the DarkStar anyhoo...
     
  7. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Chef, again i feel your mod was smart and well done. After seeing the various types of music you do i could see the mudbucker not working out. I will perfer stock and as i said will try to make it work. I love low warm bass anyhow. This bass would be great for blues, sludge rock and mo-town anything thick and heavy.

    I agree on the feel and playability. The weight of mine is like yours..light... so a winner there. God job on the bass, i know i wont see allot of them when i take it out...that's for sure.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    thx!
     
  9. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn

    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Just jokin chef :D

    Mudbuckers do good for me. I like that low deep sound and then they take fuzz, distortion, and many other effects perfectly. I want to make this
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    with my dirnt and make the route with a mudbucker until I can afford a darkstar. I'd be spending (just on the darkstar) more than I spent on the bass. And it would raise the value by $10 :D I could never sell it. (As I doubt I'd want to because it would be so epic)


    Inspired off a telebass mockup I had thndrstk6 do which was baised off of yours. So indirectly your bass was the base of my mods. Too many Base/bass in one paragraph! :D
     
  10. Hey to Chef and everyone else. I just stumbled upon this thread and was blown away. I have a 77-78 Tele with that same Muddbucker. The bass was my mother's from new, and she gave it to me about 15 years ago. Completely original sunburst finish with white pickguard, with ohsc. Problem is it just SAT in the case because of that mudd tone. This modification looks sweet as I, like Chef, could keep all the stock pieces in case it ever came time to sell the bass. My question is for Chef: Which DarkStar pickup did you use? Looking at the Hammond pages I see a couple of different possibilities, and I'm sure only one of those is correct. Is it the DS-3N, the DS-3ND, or something different?

    I currently play an Ibanez 485 5-string, and would like to throw something different into the mix once in a while. :)
     
  11. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I forget...measure the distance from string center to string center over the pickup, and call Fred. He'll tell you what to use.

    That's what I did; but that was some time ago now.
     
  12. I'll just have to find some young whippersnapper to be able to read that fine of a tape measure! Thanks for the quick response, I'll dig into it as soon as I can.
     
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