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wacky pickup ideas

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xparis001, Jun 16, 2003.


  1. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Worcester, ma
    Product Manager, Akai Professional
    ok, here Im thinking about assembling another bass from warmoth/moses and I was thinking of some "non standard" pup configs. heres some ideas:

    1. j/j/j with either three stacked vol/tones
    or crazier still, a 5 position strat toggle :)

    2. p/p totally rock n roll, gotta love those old kramers

    3. j/p yea, thats a p bass in the bridge, jazz in the neck. whenever I played jazz basses, I always just used the neck anyway...

    4. j/p/mm ok this ones a joke.

    any thoughts?

    and before you all start, Ill do the mantra

    "play what sounds good to you blah blah blah"

    discuss.

    -d
     
  2. bump bump



    hope dat helps ;)
     
  3. All thosen ideas are cool, i actully like the j/p/mm idea even though it was a joke, my favorite combination would be, EB-O/P/MM with a fender jaguar type 3 swich control plate!!!...that would rule, I wonder what the EB-O and MM pickups would sound like together!!!...kind of muddy, kind of punchy...score!!!..lol

    Actully i think the first time a bass had that combo was from stu cook's (CCR) P-bass he had a rickenbacker neck pickup, a p in the normal position, and a p at the bridge (I can post a pick later)...way cool!...
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Le Fay does a great 3 pickup design with a 6-way rotary switch.

    Positions:

    • bridge pickup soloed
    • middle pickup soloed
    • neck pickup soloed
    • bridge and middle pickup in parallel
    • bridge and neck pickup in parralel
    • bridge and neck pickup in series

    add and active/passive switch and a 2-band EQ - perfect versatility
     
  5. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Worcester, ma
    Product Manager, Akai Professional
    mmm. ricks. you know, Ive heard rick pu's in other basses, but they never sound right to me. i think you need the maple body/neck thing to get the true sound.

    -d
     
  6. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Worcester, ma
    Product Manager, Akai Professional

    hmm, know what that would be cool with? j/p/j combo. or crazier still j/p/p :D


    p/p/p ? that would be stupid...
     
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    J-J-J w/strat switch has been done in the Fender HM-4 and HM-5.

    Also J-J-J with ?? switching in BassLab (which I think uses LeFay electronics).

    There was a thread a few months back that showed a bunch of P-P's.

    J-P-J is the Fender Stu Hamm Urge II bass.
     
  8. just a quick (possibly previously discussed) question...why don't *most* basses (that I've seen, anyway) have pup selectors?
     
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    If you want really wild, go with individual pickups, and switch as you will...
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  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    I guess it's more important to bassists to be able to get a custom blend of the two pups, rather than being stuck with bridge/both/neck.

    One of the favored sounds is one pup on full, the other slightly backed off, which is not possible with a simple selector switch. (A variation does allow this on the Fender Roscoe Beck.) There was an informative thread I started, entitled something like "How do you use your two-pickup bass," which got a lot of responses and which you might want to look up.

    Another reason would be "that's the way Fender did the J bass."
     
  11. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    you could pull a Bootsy and do a j/j/j/j/j

    :D
     
  12. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I've always wanted to shoot a MM in the neck, J mid, P bridge. Then, I also wanted P/J/P. Then, I started getting screwy ideas...P/J/P/J with Piezo. J/J/P with piezo. MM/P/MM. etc. etc. I'm definitly one for pickup screwups. I just never had enough cash to try any...
     
  13. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    The Fender Urge II (Stu Hamm) is JPJ
     
  14. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    Come to think of it....that toggle switch really isn't the best of methods....It's worked for me, but I would still like more versatility.

    I always am thinking of weird pickup combos....and altering pics with Paint to give them weird ones. Fun.
     
  15. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    the pic didnt post.....hmm
    here.

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  16. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    j/p/hum/j/j/j/hum/p
     
  17. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Nice job! I love the dinky carved body. Take off the J, move up the P, and attach a 5 string neck with a redwood burl top, and you have my dream bass!