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PostSubject: A couple of pictures of me   Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:13 pm



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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:16 pm

Eric, have you any more pics of that bass?

That green looks awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:16 am

Thanks, Bill! That's my dear old Tokai Jazz that I first got back in 2002. I did a lot of Frankenbass things to it, and it eventually fell apart. But it was a real beauty!

Actually, the bass is (or WAS) a sort of glittery black. That green you see is coming from a spotlight.

That bass went through quite a lot of changes over the years. With the exceptions of my stereo pickups and Kahler, here is the bass pretty "normal":



Here is the same bass with an aluminum pickguard:



And here it is again, Van Halen-striped, with a Mighty Mite MM pickup in the neck position for my low/clean channel:

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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:22 am

Awesome! The Van Halen look is sweet too!

How did that MM sound up by the neck?
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:36 pm

Interesting how you drift farther and farther way from the bridge with your pickups! I dig that kinda pickup placement. I think closer to the neck is where all the guts come out of your bass Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:07 pm

Thanks, Guys! Actually, I totally loved the sound of the MM pickup. But since it was spaced for closer to the bridge where the strings are wider, and because I wanted it for my low/clean channel closer to the neck, I had to angle it so the pole pieces would catch the strings.

And the reason why I tend to move further away from the bridge is simple, really. I don't care for the tones from a pickup being too close to the bridge, but instead prefer the tones further up towards the neck.
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:42 pm

Depends on the pickup too, IMO.

I love the X2N right by the bridge, but some pickups need to be far away from it, like P pickups.
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:22 pm

It just sounds to my ears that when a pickup is right on the bridge, it gets this nasally tone that I don't find useful at all.

The best spot for my distortion tone is the usual P bass pickup location, hands down.

And I do like the sound of a pickup right at the neck for my low/clean channel, but this can also sound really woody at times. But I have recently discovered that I love the tone of a pickup sitting in the midway Music Man position, since that area seems to produce a high-fi tone that is great for a clean signal, and it really catches my ear now. That's why I moved my bridge pickup to that position, and I was completely blown away by the results. I am now thinking that I might do this to all of my basses from now on.
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of pictures of me   Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:19 am

Interesting that you come to that conclusion now, because that's how I've been gravitating since I started trying different basses and pickups--away from the bridge. Love bridge pickups on guitar, but on bass, pickups in the bridge don't seem to have the same presence as ones more towards the area where P pickups are.

Have you ever tried a P pickup in the bridge, Bill? I tried a Mockingbird that had the classic BC Rich P/P configuration and the only one working was the bridge pickup. It was hard to tell what it actually sounded like with all the coil taps/varitones, tone controls, etc, but it sounded very responsive. I'm inclined to want to experiment with this.

I wonder what would happen if DiMarzio made a MM pickup. affraid
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