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Upgrading a Modulus?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by duderus, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. duderus

    duderus Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    I recently purchased the vertex modulus bass, plugged it in and thought wow what "even-ness". The neck, feel, and sound remind me of my Pedulla but faster neck with more thickness.

    So to my point. I have a Quantum 4 with one EMG active pickup. I like that bass, but this one with passive electronic seems to outperform in most instances. So, my questions are as follows: please answer what you can. I need opinions...

    1. Should I stick with the Bartolini soapbar? Would it even be worth going to a LanePoor? (I never tried a Lane Poor, but heard these are getting more popular)
    2. Or should I upgrade to active bartolini? Is it worth it you think?
    3. Or should I upgrade to active Aguilar bass preamp (I never really tried aguilar stuff, but I heard they have a nice growl)

    4. Better yet should I just get an Outboard Aguilar to have options?
  2. What problem are you trying to fix?
  3. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Aint broke, dont fix it.

    You like the passive sound? It took me years and a lot of money trying all different pre amps to come to the realization that a good sounding passive bass just sounds better.

    If you have the money and a second Bass, why not try a bunch of different configurations, this way you will no longer say "I never really tried..." Cause you will have tried it all and go back to passive, hahaha.
  4. spector_boogie

    spector_boogie No Limit Honky

    Apr 15, 2012
    The Woodlands, TX
    Ok so are you asking if you should make the Vertex active or the Q4 passive, or...?

    I've had about 7 Modulii, and they all had their own charms and quirks to them. You have two solid basses there. I wouldn't change either of them from what they are, and definitely not the Vertex.
    If anything I'd maybe try a Bart pickup and pre in your Q4 and see how that works. That was my favorite combo on the Quantums, with the Bart p'up and Aguilar pre being 2nd.
    However the EMGs in Quantums to me always sounded fine.