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    TinIndian
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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

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    A careful setup can help correct the balance issues.

    As far as a recommendation?

    I’m no help.  Sorry breaux.  Don’t have enough experience swapping pickups.

    I like Bart’s, and Wilde.

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I would do a brass nut, which will help to accentuate the higher frequncies, and try using a 500k pot on the bridge pup… I’ve always wanted to try it!

    Since treble frequencies cut through the bass so much easier, it stands to reason that it would give the effect of a boost on that pup.

    Also, I’ll sound like a broken record here, but look into Fenders TBX tone cicuit. It’s the best bass mod on the planet for under $20.

    It effectively cuts bass frequencies, which mimics a mid and treble boost. Use it on one or two pups.

    Also, put a stereo jack in it, wire it VTVT and run it into a two channel amp… Like an SVT Vintage Reissue… Or a second amp all together!

    I run 500K pots and a TBX on ALL of my P’s, including my G&L LB100s.

    This should keep you busy for awhile

    Trapped in time, surrounded by evil, low on gas. When does this happen in the movie?

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    A careful setup can help correct the balance issues.

    As far as a recommendation?

    I’m no help. Sorry breaux. Don’t have enough experience swapping pickups.

    I like Bart’s, and Wilde.

    I agree.

    That was no help at all.

     

     

    lol

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    A careful setup can help correct the balance issues.

    As far as a recommendation?

    I’m no help. Sorry breaux. Don’t have enough experience swapping pickups.

    I like Bart’s, and Wilde.

    I agree.

    That was no help at all.

    lol

    Perfect TB response is what I was going for.  So that’s a win right?

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I would do a brass nut, which will help to accentuate the higher frequncies, and try using a 500k pot on the bridge pup… I’ve always wanted to try it!

    Since treble frequencies cut through the bass so much easier, it stands to reason that it would give the effect of a boost on that pup.

    Also, I’ll sound like a broken record here, but look into Fenders TBX tone cicuit. It’s the best bass mod on the planet for under $20.

    It effectively cuts bass frequencies, which mimics a mid and treble boost. Use it on one or two pups.

    Also, put a stereo jack in it, wire it VTVT and run it into a two channel amp… Like an SVT Vintage Reissue… Or a second amp all together!

    I run 500K pots and a TBX on ALL of my P’s, including my G&L LB100s.

    This should keep you busy for awhile

    The TBX circuit sounds like an interesting idea. I was half thinking to get some SB2 pups for it.

     

    Hmm SB2 with a TBX circuit….

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    A careful setup can help correct the balance issues.

    As far as a recommendation?

    I’m no help. Sorry breaux. Don’t have enough experience swapping pickups.

    I like Bart’s, and Wilde.

    I agree.

    That was no help at all.

    lol

    Perfect TB response is what I was going for. So that’s a win right?

    lol. I try to make it just like home!!

    Trapped in time, surrounded by evil, low on gas. When does this happen in the movie?

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I would do a brass nut, which will help to accentuate the higher frequncies, and try using a 500k pot on the bridge pup… I’ve always wanted to try it!

    Since treble frequencies cut through the bass so much easier, it stands to reason that it would give the effect of a boost on that pup.

    Also, I’ll sound like a broken record here, but look into Fenders TBX tone cicuit. It’s the best bass mod on the planet for under $20.

    It effectively cuts bass frequencies, which mimics a mid and treble boost. Use it on one or two pups.

    Also, put a stereo jack in it, wire it VTVT and run it into a two channel amp… Like an SVT Vintage Reissue… Or a second amp all together!

    I run 500K pots and a TBX on ALL of my P’s, including my G&L LB100s.

    This should keep you busy for awhile

    The TBX circuit sounds like an interesting idea. I was half thinking to get some SB2 pups for it.

    Hmm SB2 with a TBX circuit….

    Well both of my SB2’s had TBX circuits on them… as I said, I put them everywhere. Unfortunately… now you’re bringing up the age old, most highly controversial G&L Bass topic of all time… “issues with soloing an SB2 bridge pup”.

    Seems to be the one time in the history of mankind that an MFD sounds weak.

    Hell… I even thought that our beloved American Deluxe Bridge pups were weak… As seen ion this prehistoric pic.

    Pool may have more history on it all.

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I used to have a PJ Bass with a pretty standard Dunkin spb-1 split coil pickup in the standard position and then I had a J pickup spot routed in the 60’s position and I put the Dunkin hot stack J pickup in there. I found that the hot stock J pickup balanced well with the split coil neck pickup and I never had an issue with it getting overpowered. If I wanted to I would sometimes back off the neck pickup and I would get something that could pass as a dollar store Music Man sound when necessary. A lot of Beeville seem to also like the EMG Geezer Butler PJ pickup set as it apparently is balanced well and from Clips I’ve heard on YouTube it has a lot of balls….

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I used to have a PJ Bass with a pretty standard Dunkin spb-1 split coil pickup in the standard position and then I had a J pickup spot routed in the 60’s position and I put the Dunkin hot stack J pickup in there. I found that the hot stock J pickup balanced well with the split coil neck pickup and I never had an issue with it getting overpowered. If I wanted to I would sometimes back off the neck pickup and I would get something that could pass as a dollar store Music Man sound when necessary. A lot of Beeville seem to also like the EMG Geezer Butler PJ pickup set as it apparently is balanced well and from Clips I’ve heard on YouTube it has a lot of balls….

    I’ve always been stuck on Duncan, but lately have been looking to try the Fender 62 pup in my battle bass.

    Trapped in time, surrounded by evil, low on gas. When does this happen in the movie?

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    You know the twin J on my Deluxe is pretty darn good soloed. It does have less output than the P, but really not by much. In fact a good bit of the time I’m on the J more, sometimes soloed.

     

    Thats a pretty good idea Pbassman. I like the Duncan SPB1 and Hot Stack Jazz suggestion. I’ve thought about the Geezer set too.

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    You know the twin J on my Deluxe is pretty darn good soloed. It does have less output than the P, but really not by much. In fact a good bit of the time I’m on the J more, sometimes soloed.

    Thats a pretty good idea Pbassman. I like the Duncan SPB1 and Hot Stack Jazz suggestion. I’ve thought about the Geezer set too.

    I would like to here that double J passive before I die.

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    I agree. That was no help at all.

    Lol!

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    EMG Geezer Butler PJ

    Yes.

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    I’ve always been stuck on Duncan, but lately have been looking to try the Fender 62 pup in my battle bass.

    When I find time, this is going in my MIM Precision… picked them (Fender ’62 Originals) up off TB, for a pretty good price…

    … otherwise, in would have went the Geezer’s.

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    I found the concept of the EDP LTD RB1004 interesting, but not quit pulled off.  If I had the time/money I would play around with that.

    Don't believe everything you think!

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I think I’d be looking into Nordstrand electronics. They make killer pups.

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I think I’d be looking into Nordstrand electronics. They make killer pups.

    I love Nordys!!! In my Ibanez SR1400 they rule skool!

    Trapped in time, surrounded by evil, low on gas. When does this happen in the movie?

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I think I’d be looking into Nordstrand electronics. They make killer pups.

    I love Nordys!!! In my Ibanez SR1400 they rule skool!

    And they make a mean P pup!
    They will even do custom spacing ETC. for Dingwall and such. They really do some top notch stuff…. imcluding work if you ever need custom shop stuff I believe Mo ever there seems to be the man.

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    So I’ve got a project PJ I’m putting together and I’m looking for some recommendations/ideas. I could ask on TB but I’d end up with a bunch of posts on why PJ’s suck, or recommendations for Soapbars and of course the ever helpful do a search before I’d get 5 or 6 actual answers.

    The joy of TalkBass.

    Anyway, i am in the planning stage for a PJ build, I snagged a trashed body for cheap off TB and have it stripped. Staying passive with it but it does have a spot for a battery box on it so if I want to go active later I can. I’ve been thinking of a set of Dimmarzio’s. I don’t care for Duncan Quarter Pounders, way too scooped in the mids for me. My big concern is the bridge pup getting over run by the neck which is pretty typical with these. What do you guys think?

    I think I’d be looking into Nordstrand electronics. They make killer pups.

    I love Nordys!!! In my Ibanez SR1400 they rule skool!

    And they make a mean P pup!

    They will even do custom spacing ETC. for Dingwall and such. They really do some top notch stuff…. imcluding work if you ever need custom shop stuff I believe Mo ever there seems to be the man.

    I have a Nordy MM pup in my Ray 35. It is awesome!

    That was actually one of my 1st choices. I should really give them a call for what they recommend.

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