Gibson/Epiphone/Mudbucker question

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  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I may need to purchase a Mudbucker for a build.

    I think Gotoh makes one, and so does Allparts.

    Are there any other companies I should look at?

    I guess I need to know what is considered the best mudbucker (the old one with a chrome top)?

    Opinions welcome!:help:
  2. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

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  3. stevesbasses

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    I used Dimarzio DP120 Model 1's in my last build. I like them, you still get that good strong bass but with better clarity than the old Gibson pick ups.
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  6. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    What about the dp145? They don't have chrome tops?
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  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Can you swap the top?
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    I think the pickup might be attached to the top. The whole thing is epoxied together.
  10. Jim Baritone

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    Like Johnnie Crab, I ordered one of the ARTEC mudbucker clones of the original Gibson EB0 mudbucker. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Artec-Custo...947?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item25768acd3b

    In my case, I bought it because I was (and am) doing a complete rebuilt of a previously modified '62 EB0, and I really had no wish to subject the original Gibby pickup's 50 year-old wiring to repeated installations and removals, soldering and unsolderings, etc.

    I figured one of the ARTEC's would be sufficient for experiment and development purposes - I'm mating it with a Fender JB neck pickup in the bridge position [no, I didn't put it there, and it's a long story which you can read elsewhere on the forum. The process is a bit like mating a beaver with a skunk - one chews the heck out of everything in sight, and the other is very pretty, but needs to be approached with a certain amount of caution].

    I really only wanted to say that so far, I've bee pleasantly surprised by the Artec mudbucker. I was prepared, at $30 or so, to be underwhelmed, but it's actually not bad at all - pretty decent, in fact, and the price (and service from the supplier) amazing.

    I won't go so far as to say I'd put an Artec in over a DiMarzio or similar high-end pickup, but I've paid more for well known name-brand pickups that sounded worse than this one.

    Some folks have dissed the Artec mudbucker and reported bad experiences; I can only say that this one performs quite well. When all the overhauling is done, and I put the original Gibson back in, I'm sure I'll notice a difference. But I'll hang on to the Artec for a "project" bass sometime in the future.

    Good luck with it.
  11. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Have any of you tried the Will Power mudbucker from DiMarzio?

    Have you ever tried pairing this pickup with a set of P pickups?
  12. giacomini

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    I might be wrong, but isn't this pickup configuration the one in Billy Sheehan's Yamaha Attitude?
  13. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I wonder how it would sound if the mudbucker was in bridge position?
  14. giacomini

    giacomini Supporting Member

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    Oh you meant the bucker in the bridge position... never played a bass with the mudbucker in the bridge position, but I think it might sound pretty good there, let we know if you find out!! :bassist:

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