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#1
Hey everyone!

Ive got a 2003 MIM fender precision.. its black with a white pickguard and has a rosewood neck. Im thinking about modding it a little bit to make it more reliable and sound better.

I was thinking.. Baddass II bridge and SD quarterpound pickups. what do you think?
Has anyone got any better or essential P-bass mods?

Cheers

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#2
those are the 2 essentials
maybe a tort pickguard?... just a suggestion

congrats on the purchase, itll sound amazing after the mods
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#3
Yeah those are the two biggies, but you might want to consider some superficial mods, like a tort pickguard (as the previous post suggested) or giving it a new paintjob or something
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you should buy one of warmoths 24 fret p necks. that would be killer.

if i ever get a p, im gonna do that
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#6
wemge neck, ftw.

strap locks, detuners, brass nut, red pearl pickguard, gold hardware. whatever you want.

my friend made me sand his strat neck down so it would feel more rough.
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#7
add a musicman style humbucker in the bridge, add a pan knob, and a coil tap switch.

just like my p bass.

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#8
don't just jump on the BA2 bandwagon, there are other bridges that give just as much sustain and stability without adding a metallic trebleyness to the tone
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you should buy one of warmoths 24 fret p necks. that would be killer.

if i ever get a p, im gonna do that


That would be awesome except for the fact that it wouldn't work at all. Inotation would be super fucked.

I went the Quarter Pounder/ BA2 route, and I can't say that I'm disaapointed. I do plan on getting a de-tuner some time in the near future.
#11
The pups & BA 2 would be great, might I suggest a mirror pickguard?

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#13
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wemge neck, ftw.

strap locks, detuners, brass nut, red pearl pickguard, gold hardware. whatever you want.

my friend made me sand his strat neck down so it would feel more rough.

I'm making a p-bass body out of wenge
Plus an MM humbucker in the bridge position and seymour duncan basslines. And then LED's to show off.

Oh and just make straplocks out of old nylon picks.
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Thanks?

I only suggested the mirror guard 'cause I'm a huge Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy fan

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Thanks?

I only suggested the mirror guard 'cause I'm a huge Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy fan

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#18
In my opinion, B/W/B pickguard, DiMarzio Split P and a Gotoh 201 (I think)

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#19
Cheers for all the feedback!

Im not going to do anything drastic to the bass, ie no neck changes and definately not adding another pickup (at least at this stage anyway, PJ basses are my favourite).
The reason i said BA2 bridge is cos i have one on my Marcus Miller, and love it.

Can i just drop fit a BA2 onto it or will i need to sent it to a tech to be fitted?

I dont need to put detuners on it as i only ever play in standard (or Eb) tuning and i hate metal. I was thinking about a torty pickgaurd, but alot of my mates like the w/b/w one on it.

What other decent pickups can you reccomened? I play Classic rock/Hard rock & Blues btw.

Cheers
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-Various pedals
#20
Quote by skater dan0
don't just jump on the BA2 bandwagon, there are other bridges that give just as much sustain and stability without adding a metallic trebleyness to the tone


This.

Gotoh and Hipshot also have very good bridges.


Also, there's a very good alternative to the QP in the DiMarzio Model P, if you want a more mellow tone.

edit: I should refresh more. Go for he BAII then, if you know you like it.
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#21
Yeah its just expensive thats all!
Ill check that DiMarzio out
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#22
There are always the Fender period replicas, I think there are '60s available which would give you a nice mellow rock/blues tone. if you have an instinctive hatred of the Fender corporate machine there are always alternatives available from Lindy Fralin, who supplied Lakland before they made their own, or Nordstrand who are slightly more boutique.
You could always drop a pre-amp in it, unless you're looking for something very different to your Marcus Miller (in which case, Id probably go down the '60s replica route, with a tortoisehell pickguard, thumb rest and bridge/pickup covers, maybe strung with flatwounds) but that would require a techie to fit.
Other than that, you could always fit lasers and LEDs to it...
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#23
i can do it all myself, as i am actually a techie...

But yeah! I was thinking about Fender Pickups and i had thought about an Aguilar active preamp, but then i have two active basses when i bought the P for simplicity...

Im thinking about bridge cover, and a thumbrest is very very tempting... as is torty
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#24
bridge covers don't get along with BA bridges
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#25
i was just about to ask about that... I'de have to get a replacement fender one!
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#26
bypassing the tone knob can sound good.

also some kind of improvement on the strap pins is allways useful I think on any guitar. you don't have to get strap locks at £20-30. for example I use the plastic dunlop ones, and I sewed them on to the strap so if they work themselves loose I don't lose them- i've had the same strap and plastic lockers for ~5 years -> crude but effective!
but you can use ordinary washers from B&Q or something too I think dimebag darrel did this on his guitar.
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#27
I have my own straplock technique so dont panic about that, got that covered

Its the pickups & bridge that need thought!
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-Marshall VS412
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#28
Quote by jimRH7
bypassing the tone knob can sound good.

also some kind of improvement on the strap pins is allways useful I think on any guitar. you don't have to get strap locks at £20-30. for example I use the plastic dunlop ones, and I sewed them on to the strap so if they work themselves loose I don't lose them- i've had the same strap and plastic lockers for ~5 years -> crude but effective!
but you can use ordinary washers from B&Q or something too I think dimebag darrel did this on his guitar.


yeah them plastic ones are great. i can get them for about 80p at the local music shop.

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#29
for the bridge i'd recommend gotoh. the 201 is in my opinion better than the BA2 because it helps with sustain without adding that horrible metallic property to the tone. but i'm not sure how it copes with a bridge cover. I know the Gotoh 203 can hide under a bridge cover, it's a tad smaller than the 201 but is still pretty damn hefty.
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#30
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for the bridge i'd recommend gotoh. the 201 is in my opinion better than the BA2 because it helps with sustain without adding that horrible metallic property to the tone. but i'm not sure how it copes with a bridge cover. I know the Gotoh 203 can hide under a bridge cover, it's a tad smaller than the 201 but is still pretty damn hefty.


I'de probably prefer the more metallic tone of the BA2, as i already have one on my Jazz. Ill forget about the cover idea for now and just get some pickups and a new bridge. Ill check out the gotoh ones though, especially if they are abit cheaper!
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-Marshall VS412
-Various pedals
#32
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I have my own straplock technique so dont panic about that, got that covered


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#33
black knobs and a red brushed aluminum pickguard. or chrome pickguard.
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#34
I'd suggest the '57 gold pickgaurd, a set of seymour duncans and a bad ass II bridge, myself. Then again, I'm'a little biased in that regard. The duncans are AMAZING pickups.
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#35
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I'd suggest the '57 gold pickgaurd, a set of seymour duncans and a bad ass II bridge, myself. Then again, I'm'a little biased in that regard. The duncans are AMAZING pickups.


Sounds good too mee... i think thats what i might go for


While im posting, big cheers to everyone thats given me cool suggestions
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-Orange Dual Terror
-Marshall Valvestate 8280
-Marshall VS412
-Various pedals
#37
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-New bridge
-Give it to a luthier for a superthorough set-up and fret polishing
-Slap some active electronics. A brit company makes kickass Fender electronics, that are already screwed onto a pickguard for like 180 pounds a pop.

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#39
JRETROs are designed for use with 2 pickup basses but you can get in touch with John East via his website or the basschat forum and he'll adapt one for a single pickup bass for no extra
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#40
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YEAH! That's the stuff

hmm. your way too picky. you actually liking something means it must be about perfect...
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