In September 2018 I assembled a ’51.75 Tele-P Bitsa.
I was incredibly pleased with the outcome but found myself just using the series setting of the Jess Loureiro Pup.
Having absorbed so many comments about the “Flea” bass and the positive views of the Sandberg basses I thought it might be an idea to add a Stingray Pup to the Tele-P.
I own a USA MM Sterling which sounds and plays really well, so I was familiar with what I could expect from adding a Stingray Pup in the correct position.
I took some advice from here and purchased a Warman MM style Pup.
Over the last year or so I have put together a ’52 P Bitsa and a Jazz bass Bitsa using necks from JinWan on eBay. I was so impressed with the Jazz width necks, bound fingerboard, MOP block inlays and gloss finish that I ordered a third neck for another ’51 P build. The first ‘51P neck had a perfectly shaped headstock but the second one had a more ‘bulbous’ headstock shape which was closer to a Telecaster guitar shape than a ’51 P shape.
As I was “upgrading “the ’51.75 Tele-P I thought I should use the new neck as it looked much more like a Telecaster.
I marked out the position of the Stingray Pup and ensured it was in the
correct “sweet spot” 335mm from the 12th fret. As previously stated the body was originally a 32ins Squier Telecaster Bass which a previous owner had modified the neck pocket to allow for a 34ins neck to be fitted so the bridge had to be repositioned to provide correct intonation. I added a ‘string through’ bridge and rear ferrules.
I ordered a new loom for the “God Father” of Tone our own @KiOgon which provided a 3-way Pup selection switch master Vol & master tone control.
To be honest I did a pretty poor job of routering the Stingray Pup cavity causing some breakout of paint at the edges of the cavity. Maybe I will refinish the body sometime in the future?
After assembly I was astounded at the variety of tones on offer from such a humble gathering of parts in this Bitsa.
Firstly, the unplugged sound was vibrant, full and clear. The combination of the large body size mass of Basswood coupled with the extended neck pocket ( 6 neck fixing screws) and through body stringing made the bass really sing.
Position #1 is the Jess Loureiro in it’s series mode, gives a powerful warm, clear, typical P Bass tone,
Position #2 is both Pups in parallel and adds a huge amount of depth and mid drive. Probably my most favourite setting.
Position #3 is the Warman Stingray on it’s own and is identical to that familiar Stingray sound. I was astonished how powerful, and tuneful the Warman replicated the Stingray sound. I am convinced it would need a real expert ear to differentiate in the blind test. Following @KiOgon recommendation I can only endorse his views , these Pups are fantastic value, powerful and sound identical to a MM Pup.
Here are some pix of my TeleRay in it's new case ( curtesy of @Osiris}
And one of the headstock with my poser decal!! protected with @Andyjr1515 wipe on finish method. The back of the headstock has a Sharpie signature again sealed.