Court of Opinion: March 2013

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

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

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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

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

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

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Duct tape over the pickups.
—Matthew Bradford

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Moses Graphite neck.
—John Richard Voegele Jr

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

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

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—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

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

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Court of Opinion: December 2012

Fender recently posted their list of “Five Famous Fender Basses,” which included James Jamerson’s “Funk Machine,” Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” John Entwistle’s “Frankenstein,” Paul Simonon’s London Calling Precision Bass, and Steve Harris’s West Ham United F.C. Precision Bass. What’s on your list?