Court of Opinion: March 2013

Nordstrand Big Splits, a Nordy 3-band preamp, Babicz FCH bridge, and Hipshot Ultralight tuners.
By BassPlayer ,

What’s the best upgrade/modification you’ve done to your bass or basses?

Nordstrand Big Splits, a Nordy 3-band preamp, Babicz FCH bridge, and Hipshot Ultralight tuners.
—Mick Donner

Babicz bridge, EMG HZ J pickups, and an AllParts neck on one of my Jazz Basses.
—Jon Harris

Took my ’61 Jazz Bass, sanded off the finish, cut in a Badass I bridge, added a brass nut and a Gibson humbucker between the two pickups, and got rid of the stack pots. Then I slimmed the neck a bit and made it fretless. Other than that, it’s stock. I really like the Pennzoil sticker I just put on it. —Ed Friedland

Installing a “producer’s switch” that does absolutely nothing. It’s always a great laugh during a session.
—Brian Duke Song

I replaced the tone pot with a Stellartone ToneStyler. All my passive basses have this mod.
—Chuck Ward

Straplocks + Badass II bridge + Audere preamp = an amazing-sounding Deluxe Jazz Bass.
—Smackie Bass

Duct tape over the pickups.
—Matthew Bradford

Moses Graphite neck.
—John Richard Voegele Jr

Aguilar ’70s pickups and OBP-2 preamp.
—Tai Jun Kim

Leo Quan Badass bridge, Hipshot D-Tuner, and Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups on a Fender ’62 Jazz Bass Reissue.

—Steve Gamble

Active EMGs on my ’65 Jazz Bass. No more buzz, and awesome, beefy tone. Prior to that, in country/western bars with poor wiring, I would have to stand to avoid the buzz from fluorescent lights. —Jim Tedeschi

Audere preamp with Nordstrand Fat Stack pickups—a winning combo! —Ed Shaw