What's wrong with Gibson style basses is that...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Andy Daventry, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. ...they don't have Fender pickups.

    I recently threw away the mini humbucker and mudbucker on my Epiphone rivoli II, routed mid poisition for a P pickup and fitted it. I filled in the old Gibson holes with poly filler, and refinished the top.

    The bass now plays well, sound glorious and looks evil!!!

    A recommended mod!
  2. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    I'd like to see some pics! :hyper:
  3. OK, I'll do my best when I get home.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Subscribing for pics!

    And yes, I'd hate to say it, but the world is too used to the sound of Fender designed pickups.
  5. Here are some lousy pics...best I can do in low light with a cheap webcam. I'll take some proper ones sometime.

    But you can see the quality of the refinishing work.

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  7. beadgc

    beadgc Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Nice job, and a very cool bass. If Gibson had done something like that back in 1960-whatever, used a slightly longer scale, and designed better bridges, IMO, they would have owned a much bigger share of the bass market.
  8. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Well...I really dig the humbuckers from the thunderbird

  9. You mean like the Jack Casady?

  10. You must remember this is an Epiphone, and that epi are notorious for lousy pickups.....
  11. beadgc

    beadgc Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well, it still has that kludgy bridge. I owned one way back when and it was always a problem for me....
  12. Andy, I must say that you did an excellent job on that bass!

    Those pickups look like they were always there! And you can't tell where the originals were.

    A big thumbs up! ;)

  13. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Nice install and +1 on the refinish work!

  14. Mike,

    I realise I have unintentionally misled the board. I had the work done. I didn't do it myself! The routing and refinishing were done by Kenan Turgut, the excellent Ankara guitar and bass repairer and builder. I did, however, personally throw away the epi pickups. Sloppy phrasing. I apologise.

    Kenan says that there may be some subsidence in time if the poly shrinks, but I have seen his work over the past decade and it rarely happens.
  15. It still looks great, Andy. ;)

  16. tiredman9

    tiredman9 Guest

    Aug 15, 2005
    New York

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  17. You'll notice that I have used metal sleeves to extend the E and A strings to avoid this problem.