Good replacement guts for metal Bass?

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  1. Jacksonluvr636

    Jacksonluvr636 SS.org Regular

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    I got a Sterling Stingray for $300. I really like it, looks awesome and plays fine for me. Not looking to get a different bass but I may be interested in replacing all the internals (pre amp, pickup, whatever)

    I do not know anything about bass gear at all. Just looking for some suggestions on what are some of the go to's for these?

    I play various types of metal. Anywhere from Hardcore to Metalcore and Death Metal. If I had to choose one sound for this bass it would be older metalcore like early KSE kind of stuff.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. LordIronSpatula

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    A lot of bass players in that style use EMG. I imagine your Stingray would do just fine stock though. I'd say put that money toward a good rig unless you have one already. :2c:
     
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    If not done already, get rid of the préamp.
     
  4. LordIronSpatula

    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    While that's most likely the weakest link in the bass at this point I'd still say just leave it as-is for a while to see if it works out. I imagine for live use it would be fine. Maybe add a bypass switch if recorded tones become an issue.

    A pre upgrade would certainly make a positive difference but if finances are any issue that same money could keep you in good quality new strings for some time. That's usually an even bigger difference.
     
  5. A-Branger

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    Quite a few brand sell a Stingray wiring kit and pickups. You cant go wrong with any. But yeh give the stock a chance first.

    Basses are not like guitars “for metal” like we only need a humbucker. Basses get most of their sound for the type of pickup. So you might be chacing a P style sound but you have a MM style one. You can do metal with P or JJ or PJ or MM or humbuckers.

    See if you like the sound of a MM first before you spend your money
     
  6. Mwoit

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    Buy a Sansamp Bass Driver, and that'll get you halfway towards the tone that most metal / hardcore bassists have.
     
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