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Tell me I'm crazy... (G&L idea)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TimBosby, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I want my SB-1 to have a reverse P pickup for better string-to-string balance.
    I'd need a swimming pool rout and custom guard.

    Taking a crazy idea a step further, I was thinking about putting a John East P-Retro in it.

    Help me, I'm crazy.
  2. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    If the string to string balance is off, why not adjust the pole pieces and/or the two halves of the pickup? I've had a couple of basses with reverse P pickups and they never sounded any different to me, some people say it can change the tone of the bass.
    SirMjac28 and Dominic DeCosa like this.
  3. Doesn't the John East P-Retro use a permanent rechargeable battery? Like those Lightwave basses?

    Would plugging a wall wart into your bass be acceptable to you?
  4. Classic69

    Classic69 Banned

    Feb 25, 2014
    Do what you want. But IMO it's a G&L Leo Fender designed SB-1 bass guitar.
    Leave it alone!

    You're crazy.
    Frenchy-Lefty and maestrovert like this.
  5. If it ain't broke...
    Why fix it 'til it is ?

    Find a cheap(er) body to try your mod out on, and if it doesn't work out, you're not out much and haven't destroyed the resale value.
  6. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Seems like a bad idea
  7. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Describe how the string to string balance is off now? E & A too hot or D & G? Is it volume or tone balance?
  8. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Those pickups are very hot as passive. I don't think a preamp will play well with it (IMHO). As far as a reverse P, I don't think that it's going to change the tone or string balance.
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Yep. :)
  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    What he said. I wouldn't try something different on a $1200 guitar without some test runs on a cheaper bass first.
  11. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    K I'm crazy. Thanks, that's all I needed!

    Not doing anything w/ it. :D
  12. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Good idea, but just for kicks, whats unbalanced ? Tone, volume ?
  13. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    So you didn't believe me the first 20 times I told you this...:rollno:
  14. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I'm glad you changed your mind on the matter. G&L is in the "no mods ever" club.
  15. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    I agree 100%, same with musicmans... let people who pay 3 grand for spectors do mods

    Modding Squiers VMs is fun as hell though... if you dont like it sell it & get the MJ4 man

    Personally I'm waiting on the MJ-5
  16. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    plug your bass into a mixing board, or something with a meter. even an old tape deck will work. pluck each string with even pressure, and adjust the pickup height screws so they read evenly on the meter. it will sound much more consistent and professional.
  17. I think what the OP is getting at is the idea that a reverse P is arguably more logical than standard P as it will tend to grab more highs from the low strings and lows from the high strings. Tighten the lows and fatten the highs and all that. Given that almost all basses with P pickups use the traditional layout I'm not sure it's a good idea but I've never tried it.
  18. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    He may be saying that... but I didn't want to assume. This is why I dont go maple on PJs although Carvins PJ doesn't seem to have that lack of balance from the videos I've been listening to today
  19. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Exactly. But... I'm leaving it. And honestly, it sounds great. Just my head being stupid.

  20. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I never believe you. I only believe the Internet.

    Also, you HATE G&L. HATE HATE HATE!

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