Re: Suggestions, and any opinions on short-scale basses?


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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on October 27, 2000 at 10:03:41:

In Reply to: Suggestions? posted by Michael N on October 26, 2000 at 05:34:26:

: I have a 67 Gibson EB2, with the original humbucker. This bass is wonderful to play, absolutely fantastic! But the sound of that humbucker...well..it's very deep, and it's really hard to get a comfortable sound. Does any of you have any suggestions what to do? Maybe change the pick-up? As I said I really love to play this bass, so any help is welcome!

Michael,
Well, using EQ has been discussed, so I won't go over that again...

If you *were* to change the pickup (which I wouldn't recommend for a 1967 EB-2), about the only direct replacement I know of is DiMarzio's Model One humbucker.

You might want to look around for an EB-2D, which is the EB-2 with a small pickup in the bridge position. Along the same lines, Epiphone makes the Rivoli II, which is equivalent to the EB-2D and carries a list of somewhere around $1000 or so (but you can get a good discount on them). The drawback, of course, is that both of these options are *very* spendy.

Do you still have the original flatwound strings on your EB-2? Going to a roundwound, groundwound, half-round, etc., will give you a fuller tone, so you might want to try that.

If your strings are old, another thing you might want to try is boiling them for about half an hour; the first time I tried it, the difference was like night and day!

Keep in mind, though, that the EB-2D is a short-scale bass, and that you're not going to get the full tone that you would with a regular 34" scale. Not that a short scale is inherently bad, just that there are limitations.

I had an old short-scale 1968 Kustom (think tuck-n-roll) Krazy Kat bass that got ripped off a couple years ago; not great for proper technique or full tone, but that little thing was just plain *fun* to play! It had 2 DeArmond single-coil pickups, and whoever owned it before me had put on a set of roundwounds; even if it was lacking on the bottom end, it sounded *great* to me, and that's what makes all the difference!

Anyone else have an opinion on short scales?

-Bob



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