Bartolini Mk-1-5

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by diosito, Nov 30, 2012.


  1. diosito

    diosito

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    Hello. I just bought an Ibanez SR605, it comes with Bartolini MK1-5. I would like to change them for something that will make it sound more like a Kevin Smith (a more compressed, thick, low-mid sound) ...

    Any sugeestions?

    Thanks!
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    I believe the pickups are MK-1's which are the Korean versions. Not the same as the US version of that pickup which is an MK-5. Ken Smith has specially designed pickups and preamps that give it their sound, which is quite 'burpy' in the midrange. Don't know if they sell them separately. Personally, I'd put US Bartolini MK-5's (or Norstrand) pups and a US Bartolini preamp in there. The preamp may be fine though.
  3. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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    I have mk-5's and an acg 01 pre in a sr505....tonal heaven....
  4. diosito

    diosito

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    You left the MK1-5 and changed the preamp?
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  6. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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    nope changed both...
  7. diosito

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  8. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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    yep thats them...
  9. diosito

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  10. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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    yea but my bass sounds like a $2000 one now....did not even spend 900 total....
  11. diosito

    diosito

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    True.Did it change dramatically? Im experimenting.
    Do you have a link for the preamp? How did you find it?
  12. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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  13. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

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    try just the pre first, then pickups if it still is not what you are looking for.
  14. diosito

    diosito

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    $328.49 UF, Thanx! :)
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    If you want it to sound like a Kevin Smith, check with the bass player for Russian metal band 'Berzerker' to see what he uses. "Olaf, metal!" lol!

    Anyway...I have MK5's with Audere pre's in both my Laklands. Wire up those MK5's with a 3 way switch for inner/outer/series and you can out-tone just about anything.

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