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Old 04-09-2012, 04:28 AM
tubetone74 tubetone74 is offline
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Upgrade pickups for SX bass:

I'd like to know who got what and why and finally what do you think of the results? Please no responses like: " the stock pickups are perfectly fine" etc. :} Thanks!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:30 AM
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I put a GFS pickup in my Samick P Bass and am quite happy with it. I chose it b/c it was highly reviewed and cheap and I didn't want to put a bunch of money into a cheap bass.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:21 AM
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I put some Lindy Fralins in my SX short scale bass, it was a definite improvement
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:25 AM
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I've done nothing to mine, but I am interested in learning what good upgrades are out there.

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Old 04-09-2012, 12:09 PM
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Duncans or Dimarzios have my vote, especially if you can find used. Lollars or Novaks and high end stuff like that seems a little too nice for an SX, where as something like GFS seem like a change but not exactly an upgrade to the stock pickups. I'd also check out Wilde pickups, the price is definitely right and the quality is awesome.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:27 AM
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I opened the control plate and there are 500k mini pots. I'm changing those out to 250k std size and put a push/pull on the neck volume one for series and parallel on the pickups. Thinking of going w/ Dimarzios.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:21 AM
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As far as I'm concerned, you can't do better than the Seymour Duncan Vintage P-bass pickup in terms of price to performance ratio. I've got a Nordstrand Precision pickup as well which also sounds fantastic, but the Duncan actually sounds a little better to my ears and is about half the price. To compare the two, the Duncan sounds incredibly authentic as a vintage Fender replica while the Nordy sounds just a hair more modern, with the slightest hint of scooped mids. We're talking miniscule scoopage and the pickup still sounds incredible, but a few other people have heard the same thing as well over at Talkbass. I can't comment on J pickups, though I know the Nordstrands are very well liked.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:25 AM
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As far as other upgrades that may or may not be worth it, depending on your taste and needs: wiring upgrade can make a big difference (you can order assembled wiring harnesses complete with better pots, wires, and tone capacitors), a better bridge can increase sustain if you're interested in that, and a higher quality nut can be a good thing. The cheap plastic nut on my SX Precision cracked on its own after a few months of playing; my tech installed a bone nut which I found to be a significant upgrade. The tuners are generally fine as long as your nut slots are cut properly.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:08 AM
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Just wired up a new control plate w/ 250k pots and push pull . Dimarzios coming in this week. Anyone want these SX pickups? They read 7.75 and 8.5k on resistance and have magnet bars on the bottom. I'd take 25. shipped.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:15 PM
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I put a pair of the Dimarzio 249 Area J 's in it. Sound good but the bridge sounds microphonic. Anyone else had this experience?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:46 PM
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Fender 62 RI's in my short scale jazz. Big improvement. Haven't changed the wiring. Was going to but see/hear no need to now
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