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Old 11-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Converting SS Jag into a piccolo

Hey guys!
So, I got this Squire SS Jag a while back, with the intention of it becoming my first mod bass, since it was pretty cheap (about 180 new IIRC) and I absolutely adore the look of the thing! (It's the black one with matching headstock, and the offset body gives it a great 90's alt rock vibe)

I came up with the idea of maybe turning it into a piccolo bass quite recently, since I already have a Mustang for getting the old school tones down or if I fancy playing short scale, and I've been messing around a fair bit on my guitar of late as well, so having an instrument that's tonally a really nice variation of the two, whilst also being a bit of a different animal in its own right and with its own creative potential seems a pretty awesome idea!

I was also thinking of changing the PU's out whilst I'm at it, the P style one's pretty solid but the J PU at the bridge really can't hack it solo and doesn't bring enough bite rolled on with the P for my liking.
I know you can buy piccolo strings, and maybe I'd need a new nut, though it came set up with very thin gauge strings, so I'm not sure on that. What else (apart from a good set up) do I need to do, to convert it? And what kind of PU's can you guys suggest? I'd probably use it a fair bit with distortion and play around with tones, so maybe some with a high output?

Please assume I'm an absolute noob about this kinda stuff, because I essentially am and I know a ton of you guys are awesome modders and such! Hence posting this here thread for advice!!

In a nut shell:
Converting a SS jag into a piccolo, how do I go about this, wats a good P+J PU combo to go along with it.

assume a reasonable budget, up to 200 or so
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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I put some piccolo strings on an old medium scale a number of years back. I didn't need/bother to mess with the nut. The issue I came across was the plain steel G string and its timbre in relation to the EAD, which were wound steel. Tonal color just didn't blend.

There's a lot of threads on piccolo tuning in the strings forum at TB.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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Piccolo bass strings are as thin as electric guitar strings, so it is quite the different animal. As for pickups, Michael Manring has made a career out of playing a three-octave bass with piccolo strings, and he uses Bartolini humbuckers (Music Man size), so I would look at what Bartolini has to offer.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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I made a piccolo bass a while back and I found that bass pickups are a little too "fat" sounding for guitar strings. Try replacing the bridge pickup with a stacked strat or tele pickup.
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How strange. I had no idea these things existed. I may have to find one to try out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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I made a piccolo bass a while back and I found that bass pickups are a little too "fat" sounding for guitar strings. Try replacing the bridge pickup with a stacked strat or tele pickup.


Thanks Jon...I figure for now, I'll buy the strings and take it to the shop up the road from BTP for the setup...I'll then see how I like the feel of it before droppin moolah on PU's
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Oh, indeed they do!



Three octaves, piccolo strings, Hipshot De-Tuners on each string at the headstock and at the bridge!
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