So, I have a brand-new set of Seymour Duncan SPB-1 and SJB-1B “vintage” pickups I was planning to use for a project which never materialized.
For the last little bit, I’ve been toying with putting them in my Charvel “no-mod” San Dimas PJ IV bass. It’s already a passive instrument, having had its preamp removed last month (thus the “no-mod” play on “Pro-Mod”; I got the bass used and while the bass was pretty mint, the preamp was flaky).
Thoughts? Anyone have any experience with those pickups? Are they worth it?
Yeah, if you wanted a very classic sound it would actually be better than a Model P as well, at least on the last listen I did. Though then again so would a Bareknuckle or Fralin. Or even Fender CS 60’s.
I don’t mind paying for service but probably not pickup swap on a bass because I don’t want to drive an hour to drop it off and wait a week and another drive to pickup when I can do the job in 10 minutes.
I could do a better job than my local shop. They have no clue and couldn’t even figure out emg setup. That’s saying something because emg is pretty much idiot prove.
I stole a little trick I learn from Fred at Fat bass tone, he uses alligator clips when he’s testing the pickups. I use it to clip to the jack just to make sure we are all good to go before I start soldering. This is pretty much a mistake-free route I’ve been taking. Sometimes when I have to wire a couple of pickups in a special way, it comes in handy and pain free.