What's Worth Upgrading?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickreyn, Aug 25, 2001.

  1. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Name some basses worth spending some money on with better pickups or electronics, or prime candidates for conversion to fretlesses.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Fender MIM J
    Fender MIM P
    Yamaha BB series
    Dean Edge series

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  3. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It's kinda up to you...Whatever you think is worth saving, is. I for instance, love the neck on my Ibanez POS, but not the body or anything else, so in the future, I'm getting a Warmoth body, new electronics and hardware and having pretty much a whole new bass. However, some people would see that as useless. Why not just get a new bass? Because I think it's worth it. I look it as Upgrading the neck:)

    Same goes for anything. Well..except for a Rogue :D Really though, I find that if you dig it, uprgrade/save it.
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Any Yamaha or Fender.

    Personally, I'd do Yamaha over Fender any day of the week. I like the necks, and I find the construction to be both better and more consistent, MIM vs. lower-end Yamahas. I like them!

    Can't go wrong either way, however.
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Another vote for Yammers. In this case, the RBX series.
    I bought a fretless (RBX260F) just for this purpose. How
    could I pass-up the "blow-out" Mars price of $99? :eek::) .
    The surprising thing is, they ain't bad right out of the box.
    At this point, I don't think there's much left I can replace :p.

    Yamaha's come out with a big brother to the `260F...the RBX270F.
    S'posed to be in stores in "August". Same exact shape, etc., but
    it adds a J-pup at the bridge (ooo...more futzin'! :D ).

    BTW...The bridges on both models use the same mounting screw
    pattern as popular Fenders, i.e., five in-line holes. So Badass II's,
    Gotoh 201's, and certain Hipshots will drop right in.
  6. Another vote for yamaha. my 260 sounds pretty alright now that I replaced the pickup.

    Oh, I live in virginia, and they've rolled in the 270 3 months ago.
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    The fretless version? (`270F)