neepheid wrote:Nothing new to report, but I just thought that I'd mention that I had my L-2000 Tribute rewired with a 4PDT on/on/on switch to give series/single (inner)/parallel as per DavePlaysBass's modification #7. Very pleased with the results - some new sounds to play with and my tech (who sickeningly is better at both soldering and bass playing than me) was loving the following combination - single (inner), both pickups, active. The individual pickups in single coil mode offer some nice sounds too - brighter and less middy than in full on humbucking mode, and more variation between back and front pickups than their inner positions might suggest.
I was going back and forth in my head between going inner or outer coils, but I think I made the right choice.
Ken Baker wrote:Are you still using the G&L preamp, with its active/passive switch?
All depends on what you're after. Outers give you the separation of a Jazz bass. Inners can kinda-sorta approximate the StingRay pickup location, though not the SR sound.
Congrats on a successful mod!
keithrobbo wrote:I too am now thinking seriously about modding my Tribute L2K with the 4PDT on/on/on switch for the sole reason of adding 'outer' single coils mode to the existing series and parallel pallettes. My main motivation for considering this is that I love the 70s Jazz bass sound (where pickup spacing is wider than 60s (and the rest) models due to bridge pickup being slightly closer to the bridge). Lining up my L2K next to my 1993 USA Jazz, it looks as thought the outer coil on L2K neck pickup is just a little bit further back than that of the Jazz and also the L2K bridge pickup outer coil is significantly closer to the bridge than the Jazz's, so it might kind of work?
I suppose my question is. Does anybody have experience of the mod with 'outer' single coil modes and does it get anywhere near approximating the 70s Jazz bass sound, or should I just accept that my existing Fender Jazz (with 'standard' pickup spacing) will still sound more like a 70s Jazz! I'd quite like to think I don't need to resort to buying a 70s re-issue Fender, or Geddy Lee sig, or Marcus Miller sig to get 'the' sound.
keithrobbo wrote:Yeah, I just read your canned response - 'can my G&L sound like a...' literally a few minutes after submitting my last post and I thought 'oops, I know what's coming next!'
As well as being a bass player, I also compose, record and produce music and so often think about the production/sound of particular tracks and what kind of bass sound would work on each one i.e. a Jazz, P-Bass, 'Ray etc. Even in a live playing situation I often feel like picking up a different bass per song (although this isn't practical and also makes you look like an idiot with too many guitars), so having ultimate flexibility with one bass does have some attractions.
However, I do feel that my recently acquired Tribby L2K may become my new live workhorse, taking over from my trusty Precision, by just having that greater tonal palette and being built like a tank. Don't think I've owned a bass so heavy - good job I'm not a small guy - the Tribby feels like it would snap the P-Bass in two should they ever come to blows!
I just want to say that this is a great forum and I've picked up a lot of tips and useful info in less than 2 weeks of joining it. Keep up the good work!
adabeie wrote:Ok, I saw a guy on Facebook who modded his L2K for outer single coils. He forwarded the wiring diagram (found here, btw) an sent the fateful encouraging words, 'it's easy!'
But seriously... tempted by the single coil option.. fearful for the well-being of my ASAT.
Am I really only a three-way switch and some solder away from a world of single-coil wonder?
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