So this bass came up on marketplace today, a 1994 special edition 'Ltd 83' Encore P bass copy.
I know these are generally at the bottom of the food chain but at £20 and 15 min down the road it was a no brainer so I'm taking it on as a project bass. It's actually turned out better than I expected, it's got loads of bite and I'm quite fond of the obvious mileage wear it has accumulated. I'm not sure what's special about it per se apart from the gold hardware and generally impressive build quality, but I'm guessing this may have been a response to Fender's limited edition Strats in 1993 that featured gold hardware.
Sound clips attached (raw & processed) for whoever's intrigued.
I've already got a '73 P with flats that covers that area for me but I've been wanting a second P I can have rounds on for a slightly more modern sound so I've decided to mod this one and see if I can get it to occupy that role!
Past the obvious maintenance (string change, setup etc) and upgrading pups I'm wondering what mods would have the most impact on improving the sound and playability? I'm also looking for recommendations for which pickups to upgrade to. I'd like a sound that has a little bump in the low mids but retains a nice smooth high end too. I've got Fralin over-wounds in one of my other Jazz basses which I quite like, but I know there are many other options out there.
If anyone owns one of these or has some information about them I'd love to hear that!
Encore P Processed.wav Encore P Raw.wav