P-Bass pick-up- the best I have ever tried-
M&V Guitars- NJ
They ran a small ad in Vintage Guitar Magazine last month, in the back.
I called and talked to them, and ordered it. Made in USA,
huge .375" (3/8" !! ) AlNiCo single pole- 1 under each string.
( The link above takes you to a picture )
They were only $75, and they take PayPal.
I installed it in a Fender USA 1957 P-Bass re-issue.
The sound and punch are wonderful! I do not have to
hit the strings as hard. They are quiet, too. ( 11K / 42 ga )
The best way to describe these- great P-Bass tone- just a lot more of it.
And the volume string-to-string is REALLY well balanced. I can
now hear runs up the neck on the two smaller strings with the same volume as the big strings. (!)
I have had 6 sets of other well known pickups in this bass, and these are the kings. I JUST ordered another set just to have them around.
I am a pro player in San Diego, and have been playing blues / rock for over 40 years. I've have never heard of these guys before, but at only $75 just took a chance, and I am
flat-out impressed. ( I do not want to say which pick-ups
came out- as the MFGs are friends of mine- but they don't
make one like this! )
These blur the lines between passive and active pickups.
Sometimes you just have to take a chance.
I checked out that web page. It seems kinda weird to me -- they make guitars, and they make pickups, but they don't use their pickups in their guitars.
I know it's going to sound really shallow, but I can't get past those big polepieces. There's just something a little off-looking about them.
I am really interested! I love the pickups in my P right now and have tried one other set that I didn't like as much, but consider me intrigued! Like you, for $75, I figure..why not! Sandberg uses these types of pole pieces in their basses and I've always thought they actually looked cool (sorry Jimmy!). I'm really mostly interested in how a single large pole piece effects tone. Thank you for sharing!!!
"Steel pole" pickups usually have ceramic magnets because there are no anlico rods.
Are there bar magnets on the bottoms, or just other ends of the 3/8" poles?
thanks, Vintage1,... any sound bytes?!! that bass they looks cool, also.
Getting back on a couple of questions:
<< but I can't get past those big polepieces. >>
I thought about that too, as I love everything 'vintage'.
And I figured I would paint the tops of the magnets with black satin paint, IF I liked them- but would try them first. And I was completely overwhelmed with how good they sounded, so I left them 'as is'. Besides- only other bass players would even care, and 3/4 of them don't even give a darn.
re: The Magnets- YES- they are solid .375 magnets- nothing underneath them. Just big huge precision-cut magnets. For me- I have never heard this cool of a tone
from .187" or .250" magnets. Not that it can't be done- I just haven't heard it yet. But I'm sure open.
Also- the pick-up covers are CNC machined by M&V from a solid piece of material- very expensive way to do it- but they don't make 200K units a day either.
And I forget to mention, the coils are nicely wound with black thread over them- not taped.
So impressively made. I talked with Joe there- the 'V' in M&V- great guy, and very enthusiastic about building high quality items in N.J.
Jeez, they're starting to look more like this...
I would love sound clips if at all possible :)
A good concept without sound clips is worthless.
re- sound clips. . . . .
I didn't need any to buy them, and I am not trying to
sell pick-ups either.
These are only for risk takers, I guess.
Somebody might suggest that to M&V.
I can see the value of 'before and after' clips- and I didn't make any 'before' clips. Sorry.
( 'You can lead a horse to water, and if you can make it float on its back, you've really accomplished something.')
It's not a new idea .Some of the early Univox Precisely Basses (P-Bass copy) had split P pu's with one large pole piece per string. Macho sound, and designed by Alembic on a deal with their distributor (LL Heater?) at the time.
They look like the pickups from a Sandberg Electra VS4
nothing wrong with big polepieces
Yes, I too found M&V through a Vintage Guitar ad (looks like it paid off guys!) The price is right, and they made my '50s Precision, which used to sound pretty good, sound VERY good. They're almost dead-quiet humwise, as a bonus. Shipping time was almost supernaturally quick, and these guys seem like nice folks, so check it out.
Sound clips please. It's not that we don't believe you. We may not be in the market for making changes unless there's a big prize!
I emailed this company last night to ask if they are doing a 5 string P bass version and a 6, they said it comes out on the 20th and they are going to do some sound clips soon!
Great Communication and very helpful. I'm looking forward to the sound clips, I wouldn't be surprised if it's my next pickup purchase.
Remind me of Delano pickups.
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