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    I felt like my P Bass needed more pickups [Mod pic-story]

    So I routed it for one

    It started out like this:



    I bloody love the P Bass tone, it's literally the last 50 years of rock and roll, but I also love the hyper clean, hyper modern Spector sound, for when I delve into slap and other techniques that don't just require savage hammering.

    I was trading lots of pickups etc last month and ended up scoring a Seymour Duncan blackout bass. I snapped it up because the PBass pickup I have is also the Blackout series, so it just made sense.

    First thing I did was make a jig from the pickup once I'd received it, measured out my placement, and routed away!



    Checked the fit, and it's good!



    I was putting it back together when I realised that, due to the extra pickup requiring an extra pot, there was no longer space in the control cavity for a 9v battery

    Back on the bench in went... This time making a jig out of a 9v battery (with it's snap on)...



    Checked the fit, and it's good!



    Fits nice and discreetly under the pickguard, nobody will ever know.

    Anyway...



    Fin.

    FWIW, I still prefer the P pickup on its own for when blending with Distortion and getting a super heavy Dug Pinnick type tone... but both together is so much better for super clean Justin Chancellor style stuff.

    EDIT: I missed a step After routing the humbucker route, I painted it with black shielding paint, so it's not just bare wood under there
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    Really clean job brutha! Looks sweet!
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    Looking great, I really dig the soapbar + p bass config's look. Always reminds me of James LoMenzo's setup, even though he used a MusicMan type pickup.
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    Hell yeah. I really want to try a setup like this at some point. My pj's j never really gets used.

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    That looks good Matt, but that thing has to be bright as fuck no? Could be a good thing really though as I tend to like a lot of top end on my Bass tones. Love to hear a sound sample man.
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    Really good job on that.

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    Cheers dudes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flexkill View Post
    That looks good Matt, but that thing has to be bright as fuck no? Could be a good thing really though as I tend to like a lot of top end on my Bass tones. Love to hear a sound sample man.
    It's incredibly cutting and piano-like, yes. That was the plan though, so not really a negative

    Will record something with it this week

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    Wow, that is superb work! If I tried doing something like that half the finish would have come off
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