Lungimsam Posted January 6, 2012 Report Share Posted January 6, 2012 I have been in pursuit of clarity and definition and power in my muddy, boomy, and lifeless SG bass. Pickup adjustments have not helped at all. There have been a few scattered threads where I discussed mods, so I thought I would encapsulate my mods under this better title so that others can benefit from de-mudding their SG basses if they are having the same problems I am having. Here is what I have done, in sum, so far. Please feel free to add your experiences and mods if you have tried to tweak your sound so others can benefit from our experiences. 1. I have changed the cap to a .05 - not much help. 2. Changed the 3 pots to 1MEG - not much help. However; it really widened the audio sweep of the tone knob. The original Gibson pot had almost no recognizeable sweep. 3. I have just had temporarily installed (no routing) a Fender pbass pickup into the empty neck pickup pocket as a trial (rewired pole-pieces to act like blades because of the different string spacing). It definitely has eliminated the lack of power problem I was having with the SG neck pickup. It is very responsive and powerful sounding now. Not like a dead rubber band anymore. When the original SG pickup was in the bass, I had to turn up the amps alot to get the bass on a par with the Pbasses, and it still sounded like a rubberband. So that issue is solved. It has also brightened it up alot! Much more clarity and definition now. The bass sounds like it can breathe now instead of sounding muffled. The only thing is that it is still boomy, but that can be EQ'ed out at the amp, by turning down the low end. I guess it is boomy because of the SG's pickup position being at the neck position, rather than in the middle, like a Pbass. Seems to be a worthwhile mod. Only trouble is that there is a big drop out of volume on the low E string because the pole pieces don't reach over that far to be under that string. I would have to route it in order to spread the pickup wide enough apart to get the pole piece over enough to be under the string. But then, it won't fit under the cover. So I was thinking that maybe a Fender Mustang pickup would fit in there. The string spacing is narrower, I believe, on Mustangs than the Pbasses. So that pickup might fit in there and still be able to line up under the strings correctly. I will have to check that out. I don't want to have to route the wood. I have not tried a hipshot bridge yet, as others have recommended. I have heard they change the clarity and tone. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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