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  1. It's a pleasure to receive a reply to this thread after all this time. THANK YOU! I believe you're 100% correct about this. I think essentially the pickups are the same as the ones that they use for the bolt-on-neck version of the Epiphone Thunderbird bass--the cheaper one of the two they offer. I owned one of those and they sound about the same. Those are also approximately guitar humbucker size, but there is no 5-string version of that bass available. In fact, if Gibson brands makes another 5-string bass, I don't know what it is. And I don't know of a 7-string Epiphone guitar that they make. That begs the question, are these pickups specially made for the XT-25? That seems unlikely as they seem to put as little money into Steinberger as possible. I haven't checked lately, but are they even still manufacturing Steinbergers since their restructuring? I'd love to carve up one of these pickups to see what's inside, but since I don't know of a replacement, that's not gonna happen. I did solve my tonal issue by installing a Seymour Duncan Blackouts 2-band active concentric EQ where the tone control was. This gives me boost and cut for both treble and bass, and it made a massive difference for a small price. Plus, no routing or drilling necessary. Of course, that makes this an active bass, but there's room for the battery and I've played active basses for years so they don't bother me. Thanks again for the info!...Jim...
  2. Does anybody know for certain what the values are on the blend pot of a Synapse bass? For instance, is it a 250k audio taper or 500k MN taper, etc?...Jim
  3. Hi Uncle Freddie. It's been many months since I visited this forum, so if you've already found an answer to this thread, just ignore this reply. I recommend that you take careful measurements of the routed cavities for the pickups and call Seymour Duncan. Their phone number is on their website. They have a wide variety of passive pickups you can choose from. Let them know the bass you're putting the pickups into and, if possible, what kind of wood it is. They should have some recommendations. My guess is that any PJ set will fit into the cavities, but having the measurements handy will still be important...jim g
  4. Try this: http://headlessusa.com/bass-jaws You can call them first to make sure they'll fit a Synapse, but I'm pretty sure they will. Jim
  5. Since I received no replies to this thread, I have to assume that there are no aftermarket pickups available for the XT-25 bass. Damn! The ones on there sound just like the 'buckers that I had on an Epiphone T-bird years ago--weak and thumpy and dull. That should be no surprise--they're probably the same pickup, and Gibson is not known for their great bass sound. I know tone is subjective, but I prefer something articulate and musical. I was hoping maybe an EMG HB series would work, but I think the string spacing on this bass is too wide, and the gap in the magnets in the middle worries me with the 5-string alignment having a middle string. Has anybody swapped pickups on the XT-25? Any advice would be appreciated...Jim
  6. Does anybody have any suggestions for aftermarket pickups for a Spirit XT-25 5-string bass? Either passive or active suggestions are OK...Jim
  7. I very recently purchased a Spirit XT25 bass with the same problem. I picked up some of the nylon washers at the local hardware store, and that helped, but what I also did was remove the bridge, flipped it over and took it apart. I then unscrewed the string cups completely and put a very small amount of white lithium grease on the threads. Then I re-assembled it. Between the lubrication and the washers, the tuning changed completely--much easier. I like a small amount of the white lithium grease on this for several reasons: (1) It does not thicken up. (2) It lasts a long time. (3) It's not runny, so it doesn't end up somewhere that you don't want it. (4) It's easy to find. Most any auto parts store will have it in a small tube. This lubrication is very important. I also own a 1988 XL2. I don't know what metal the threaded tuners on the Spirits are made of, but they're a cheap overseas instrument that Gibson cares little about, so I'd guess they aren't made of premium materials. The original tuners on my made-in-Newburgh XL2 are brass. This means they move smoothly, but brass being a soft metal, one of mine stripped out completely when I was changing strings. If this happens at the wrong time--say as you're tuning for a gig--you're screwed, and if there's is no lubrication on these tuners, they could easily strip out. I know this process is more difficult on a trans-trem instrument, but I think you'll be happy you did it in the long run. When I opened mine up, I found that the factory didn't lubricate these threads at all, so what you put there is the only lubrication that will be there. Here is a video that was sent to me that should help you...Jim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhJv9lfYyQ&feature=youtu.be
  8. Yeah, this is definitely a bass, but I appreciate everyone's efforts. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Players helping players. And I did manage to get the bridge/tuner off and apart this afternoon. I'll lubricate it tomorrow and put in the washers I bought. I have some other stuff ordered to "make the bass mine" and I'll be up and running. Thanks to all of you who pitched in and helped answer my questions...Jim
  9. I hate to just spray oil up in there. You get a bunch of oil in on things where you don't want oil. I've found on this (and other musical/mechanical instruments I've worked on, like pedal steel) that just a light Q-tip's worth of white lithium grease or even 3 in 1 oil does a good job and lasts a long time. For this bass, somebody also mentioned placing nylon washers between the tuner knob itself and the tuner/bridge assembly, so I've purchased some of those. It doesn't look like there are any washers in there now. I hope to have this bass up and running well this week. Thank you again for your help.
  10. Thank you r2bflash. I would think that taking the bridge loose and exposing the spring and all-thread tuner would be the same whether it was a bass or guitar bridge. I have no trem, so no worries there. This will give me access to these tuners to properly lube them. No use in having a brand new bass only to strip out a tuner thread. Back in the previous century, I took the bridge on my XL-2 apart to replace a stripped out tuner, and I lubricated the tuners in it at that time. That was a long time ago and with the help of a licensed Steinberger repairman who is no longer around. I've forgotten everything I learned about that, so thank you again. I'm sure my old XL2 needs it done again, so this advice will be doubly helpful...Jim
  11. I just bought a refurbished Steinberger Spirit, and I find that the tuners are extremely hard to turn. I want to remove the cover over the tuners to lubricate the threads, but I can't figure out how to do that. Not even anything I found on YouTube explains that. Can anyone please tell me how to do that, or point me in the right directions? ...Jim
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