Upgrading my bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by AskBass, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    Hello Everyone,
    I am in the process of upgrading a bass of mine which has been in use for years (it also includes finish removal).
    My vision for the "new" bass is as such:
    1. Passive soapbar size pickups - What's recommended?
    2. 3 band preamp
    3. Passive/Active switch
    4. Battery cavity like the one on MusicMan, no dangling wires and easy replacement.
    If you have any specific recommendation or pointers I would love to hear them.

    Thank you
  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    1. Nordstand (Many configurations to choose from)
    2. Aguilar OBP-3 with CTS pots/Switchcraft output jack
    3. Any size-appropriate high-quality DPDT toggle switch or CTS push/pull pot
    4. Allparts EP-2929
  3. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    What kind of sound are you going for? Any one style of music specifically? What is your budget?
  4. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    Thank you very much for the recommendation. I was indeed looking at an OBP-3 do yo have it? If so do you have some insights?
    I am looking for a bass that will be able to mimic the following:
    1. P-Bass
    2. Modern sounding basses like MTDs
    My budget is around 700 USD
  5. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    Nothing but a P pickup will quite sound like a P bass. But Warpeg's suggestions are solid. With a 3-band EQ, you should easily be able to transition between a modern and vintage sound by adjusting your EQ. A soap-bar in the neck position with mids boosted and a bit of lows and highs cut should get you in the general neighborhood of a P-bass tone. And with both pickups and a flat EQ, or even a little bit of a mid-scoop will get you that modern MTD-like tone.
  6. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    Since I am not very experienced with soldering (did it only a few times and nothing complicated), would you recommend to let someone with experience do that?
  7. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Oh, you want to sound like a P Bass and modern? That will be difficult.
  8. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    I am more interested in the modern sound. Sometimes I just need something similar to P Bass
  9. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    From a quick look at nordtand site non of their pickup will suit me. I currently have EMD40DC on my bass. nordtand support only EMG35 and Bartolini BC sizes.
  10. Drop1


    Mar 28, 2019
    Nordstrand will do other sizes. Email them. I had them make pickups in bartolini p2 size. It cost $10 extra per pickup.
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  11. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Seymour Duncan NYC
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  12. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    You must really like what you have to not buy a used Precision.
  13. Bassheart365

    Bassheart365 Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Northern California
    "A good bassist determines the direction of any band." - Ron Carter
    Whatever you decide, ship it to Mo's Custom Shop (Nordstrand Audio). They have everything you need and Mo is the man.
  14. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Bartolini ! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  15. Northfear


    Mar 15, 2017
    Delano quad coil maybe..? At least for neck position. Cross coils are noiseless and they're probably the closest ones to what you're looking for. In parallel they're pretty modern sounding.
    Install dpdt switches for pickups if you're going for this kind of versatility.
  16. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    I’ve found that the position of the pickup under the strings on a P has a big determining effect on the P tone; where on the string length the vibration is sensed. If you want to be able to suggest a P tone I think you’ll need one of your pickups to be in the P location, regardless of what actual pickup type you install there.
  17. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    Eventually I bought an Aguilar DCB mainly because of this review:
  18. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Depends on what bass you have, what you mean with "P sound" and "modern sound," and how much compromise you are willing to accept.

    A Big Split in the neck J position (or thereabouts) will do a good P sound, but more on the modern end of the spectrum. It will lack some of the mid grunt, but you can also mess around with loading it down with some resistors or capacitors, or just tweak the preamp since you want one. With the bridge pickup, you can then get a variety of "modern" sounds.

    I've read people here think the Big Rig and Zen Blade pickups can do a good P sound, but I don't have personal experience with those pickups. I'd definitely consider them for a 5 string bass, because I feel weird about mismatched coils on a 5 string split coil. There's threads on all these pickups here, so just browse/search.

    And that's just Nordstrand pickups... Many others like Aguilar and Delano make EMG sized pickups, but I like the weirder designs that Nordstrand makes. I'd also consider Q-Tuner, but I'd probably pair it with a filter-based preamp like ACG, for something a little more weird/different. Then there's Sentell, but he's just too weird, and I can't bring myself to try his stuff :)