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What wiring/pickups for a cheap bass?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by maddnotez, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. maddnotez

    maddnotez Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    St. Louis
    I probably should have just got a nice Bass but I only play bass for home recording purposes and I decided to get something cheap.

    I ended up with a Sterling SUB Stingray.

    The Bass actually plays really nice but now I feel if I upgraded the pickups and wiring it would sound much better, I am just not sure where to begin.

    How are the pots on this? How is the wiring? Should I just get new pickups or completely gut the internals? I know nothing about Bass gear. I play primarily modern metal and typically use a Sansamp to record with.
  2. bigtone23

    bigtone23 Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Denver CO
    The electronics on the SUB are great for general use. These $300 basses capture about 90% of the signature tone of the Stingray. A real bang for the buck.
    That said, any upgrade that would be worth doing would run in the neighborhood of $100-200 for the preamp and around $100 for the pickup (new).
    However, replacing electronics can be a deep dive down the rabbit hole, unless you just jump with a Delano/Nordstrand/Aguilar PU and John East MMSR pre. However, you will spend about $300 to do this and the bass might sound only a little better. If you still don't like the tone, well...

    Something to consider is the signature Stingray tone: it's distinctive. With the treble and bass controls, it's also very versatile for a 1 pickup instrument. Perhaps it's the Stingray sound you don't like? Perhaps the sound you like may be a different style of bass, like a P or J or P/J or Ric..?

    Plus, Sansamp stuff is really killer. I can't imagine not getting a good Stingray tone from a Sansamp and SUB.

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