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  •  Maintain a custom Fender bass

    I have a custum Fender precision 69 bass Mable neck. That I used for many years and The pickups seem to have lost the beef . I would like to keep it as original as possible. Any sugestions?

  • Rick Andrews Answers Your Question Below.

    Yes, I would definitely want to keep that puppy as original as possible.

    One thing to consider is that the coils or windings in the pickup are the resistance of the signal. The more resistance the higher the frequency and stronger. The thing is the resistance has not really changed in the pickup so the difference you are hearing is not the pickups. They will either work or they won't if the coil is broken. So that will not change. It is the other things that do change with age over the years.

    The control pots have wipers inside that change the resistance which is how you change the tone. Every time you move the tone or volume pot it wears a tiny bit more, thus the resistance when worn out is not the same. Replacing the volume and tone pots along with new capacitors will bring that baby back, but be sure you get the exact same style and same value pots. You can call Fender co. and get them to tell you the exact value capacotors in mf . . . that is microfareds or micrafareds, I don't remember how to spell that but if it was originally .05 or .047 mf then you want to match that. The pots could be 250k ohms or 500k ohms, most likely 250 then match those. Be sure they are audio taper and replace these items and you are back on track again.

    Actually I would replace the pots first only and see how it sounds. The capacitors may not need replacing at all. Pots first and give it a listen. Only the caps if needed after that. If the pickups work then they should be OK. The strength of the magnets in the pickups can weaken and make a difference but I would go with replacing the pots first, if that doesn't fix it, then the capacitors, and if that doesn't fix it, then worry about the magnets. Only then would worry about the pickups. If it then becomes neccessary to replace the pickups then you can get Fender to tell you where to find them. Fender may replace them to match the existing.
    Rick Andrews-Andrews Guitar

    Reply:
    Thank you very much for the advise, It makes more sense now. I had not thought about any of the stuff you just told me. That was a very educational advise.
    Again thanks,
    Carmelo- from the band Suicidal Poets

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