Early 80s G&L Basses
Does anyone know about the pickups in those early G&L basses? Like the SB-1 and SB-2. Just trying to find out if they had alnico or ceramic magnets. Thanks :cool:
With one notable exception, the SB series basses all use G&L MFD pickups, which have ceramic bar magnets. The exception is that the earliest of the 2nd generation SB-1 basses (with the split coil P-style pup, circa 1985) used a Schaller PBX pickup, which I believe is also ceramic (it's identical to the DiMarzio Model P). Starting sometime in '86 or so, the MFD split coil debuted and the modern day SB-1 and SB-2 were born.
Thanks guys, I suspected they were ceramic but just wanted to confirm. I already have ceramic pickups in another bass and wanted to go alnico on this one. Do you know if the standard fender jazz and P pickups will fit in the SB series if I wanted to swap them out?
Honestly not sure about that, but I doubt it. I can tell you that the MFD J-style pickups are considerably wider (short direction) than standard Jazz pickups, but they're rectangular and probably not wide enough to accommodate the mounting "bumps" of a J pup without some additional routing to the body (which, IMO, would be a shame given the rarity of the early SB basses).
For what it's worth, the modern day G&L JB series basses come stock with alnico pickups. Same great G&L fit and finish, but definitely a different sonic vibe than the MFD designs.
If you can get your hands on an early SB bass, I'd certainly recommend a test drive. Fantastic sounding basses and if you dial the volume back on them, you can get pretty close to a vintage P or J sound.
yup, I have an old SB-1 and just like what you said, roll back a bit on the volume & tone, and you can get some really nice sounds out of that thing.
I've rented it to engineers who wanted, "that sound."
Now I rent the B15R & the SB-1 out to the same studio sometimes.
They are best friends.
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