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Upgrading a cheap bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paulabass, Nov 15, 2018.


  1. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    I bought a Dean C-Zone shocking pink (even the fingerboard is BRIGHT pink) P style bass. I want to turn it into a pro-player just for our disco and funk set (think Bootsy!)
    I want to drop in a passive pickup, new tuners, bridge, and pots/output jack (yes, I'm polishing a turd, but for a reason). I don't want top of the line, trying to keep it budget conscious, but it has to stay together thru professional use.
    What's your ideal mods in middle price parts? Preferrably all from one supplier ie Allparts, or Bestbass.
    Don't recommend strings, it's getting pink DR's
    Pickup with nice crisp upper mids for those funk 'pops'.
    I like a cast bridge.
    Enclosed tuners
    Budget-$250-300
    Please don't say 'just buy a better bass' I want the flourescent pink.
    Also thinking a glitter pick guard- yes or no?

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  2. Wilkinson. High quality, budget level. They make pickups, bridges and tuners. Theyre all over ebay, and most sellers post measurements .
     
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  3. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Don’t have any parts to recommend but wanted to “HELL YES” on the glitter pickguard.
     
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  4. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    ^^ Yeah, they skipped my mind. Good mid-priced stuff. Thanks!
     
  5. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    Wait until you get it and play it, see what is deficient and replace those parts. I bought a Squier Short scale Jag bass with the intention of changing a bunch of components. The darn thing was good enough as purchased, no mods needed.
     
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  6. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    ^ Yeah that's good advice. I'm going on reviews that say tuners snap off in your hands, the pots will be crap, and I'm fairly certain the p/u will be junk. It's arriving monday, before I order any parts anyway.
     
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  7. patrickj

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    I have the same bass in yellow, the stock pickup is a solid performer. I upgraded the bridge. The rest of the hardware is fine.
     
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  8. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    ^ That's optimistic, thanks!
     
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  9. I’m of the opinion that unless you are a gorilla playing the excercise yard of a max security prison, most any bass that stays in tune and generates a decent tone is gig-worthy. So my advice echoes the above - get it in hand, play it, and see what it really needs. But yes for sure put a glitter pick guard on that mo-fo !!!!!
     
  10. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Baby blue glitter or purple glitter. Might as well be loud!
     
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  11. summerson1

    summerson1

    Feb 20, 2011
    If you're replacing the pots and pups in one go, EMGs GZR P will include all the electronics with quick connect hardware. The GZR P was designed to be as close to a vintage Fender pup as possible
     
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  12. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Poke four holes in it for a string-thru bridge.
     
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  13. 4sight

    4sight Supporting Member

    I might be getting my neon Dean basses mixed up, but I'm pretty sure that the pickups in these are highly regarded around here.
     
  14. Are you sure? My initial thought would be that the pink-on-pink would be too much pink to be able to tell that they’re colored strings from a distance.

    Maybe a different color to make it stand out more? Gold? Purple?
     
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  15. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
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  16. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    My brother has a Dean brass body resonator guitar and the stock hardware has been doing fine for more than 25 years through constant open tuning changes.
     
  17. biguglyman

    biguglyman

    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Absolutely, if you want it to be "Bootsylicious"!
     
  18. el_Bajo_Verde

    el_Bajo_Verde

    May 18, 2016
    USA
    All you need to do is swap the pickups and shield it
     
  19. On the pup front, don't Dimarzio make a drop-in with enhanced clarity and top? A search on their site suggests the Split P....
     
  20. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Gotoh tuners, Gotoh 201b bridge, EMG geezer butler pickups/electronics.

    That will make it a pro package I’ve personally used all these components in the past and can attest to their quality.
     

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