Help me with Pickups Ibanez SR300

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cire113, May 5, 2010.


  1. cire113

    cire113

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    I want to replace the stock pick ups that came with my ibanez sr300... I bought this bass cause i love the feel of the bass and neck.. Now i want to put in some rocking pickups in it??

    I dont know anything about pickups or replacing them..

    Does anyone have any solid recommendations for me?
  2. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story Supporting Member

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    My Ibanez SR885 has Basslines Phase II pickups and a 2 band EQ installed. Sounds pretty good, IMO.
  3. Hopper

    Hopper

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    Bump -

    I'm in the same position. I'd like to hear from anyone who's modified one
  4. cire113

    cire113

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    anyone else have ideas?

    Also will i be able to install my own pickups or is it hard?
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  6. KingRazor

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    These guys on TB can probably guide you through the wiring process for pickups.

    I have no idea what pickups will fit the holes on an Ibanez. I'm rather curious myself.
  7. LuckyBassPlayer

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    Bartolinis go pretty good with Ibanez SR's
  8. OldDog52

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    Do the Bartolinis fit like the stock Ibanez pickups without any drilling or anything? Anyone have a specific part number?
  9. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    Look on the Bartolini website. They have a page of dimensions.
  10. michele9598

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    I think I may have an answer for you.

    I have several basses that are "better" than my Ibanez SR300; however, I've always loved playing the Ibanez because that neck can't be beat. The stock pickups in this bass suck!!! Let me say it again, they are terrible pieces of terd.

    So I bought a set of US made Barts (that fit perfectly by the way) and had them installed by Bass Specialties in Bensalem, PA. I also had the active EQ ripped out and went passive -- I'm old school. It sounds so much better now.

    The Barts you need are these:

    Bartolini MK4CBC-B Dual Coil Bass pickup - Neck position

    http://www.catalinaguitars.com/catalog2/product_info.php?cPath=133_136&products_id=950

    Bartolini MK4CBC-T Dual Coil Bass pickup - Bridge position

    http://www.catalinaguitars.com/catalog2/product_info.php?cPath=133_136&products_id=949

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  11. darkstorm

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    First Id say try adjusting the pickups. The SR300 stock pups do better then most Ive played once adjusted to taste for height etc. Its makes a very notceable diff. I will add I prefer crunchy, aggressive, not smooth voice for bass. And soapbars that do a better job of emulating a P pup rather then J pup voice fullness wise. Also have you experiemented a lot with the mid sweep/style sweeper control? That makes a big diff to.

    If that doesnt work. Your gonna have to figure out what change you want sound wise? Smoother? More J pup like? What sound change to voice char do you want? Based on these things, reasonable suggestions can be made. I'm not a fan of barts myself, they sound weak and overly smooth to me.
  12. BassLegendRebor

    BassLegendRebor

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    Hello im new to Talk bass. im 16.. want to make friend in here but dont know how. HELP!!!!??? Ohh SoonerMatt i also have a SR885 mine was made in japan in 1992. also has bass lines J- pickups with active EQ. need to talk to you asap.. thanks
  13. darius8

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    Carvin makes pups that looks like the stock SR300 pups but way better in quality and I think the holes line up too.
    Carvin.com : Bass Pickups
  14. avvie

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    Thread resurrection!

    I just noticed how bad SR300 pickups sound at practice last week.... the Dragonfires in my cheapo GSR200 blew them away. One thing that's always been a problem is that the signal is really weak on the G string.

    I'm almost wondering if I should put a pair of J's in with a custom pickup ring?... hmmm...
  15. lhoward

    lhoward Gold Supporting Member

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    I have an SR300DX that I bought new about 8-9 years ago and after a couple years, I bought an EMG PJ pickup set with wiring harness and I've been very happy with them. The only thing I had to do was enlarge the P pickup inset about 1/16th inch because the EMG P pickup is a little larger than the stock Ibanez P pickup. I don't recall if I had to do that with the J pickup inset or not.

    I've used a number of different brand strings, but the one's I'm using now are old Kaman Black-Kamflon coated strings. I'm not sure what current day string would be comparable, but I bought two boxes of the Kaman strings in the early '80s and they work really well with the EMG's.

    Just a note, when I bought the EMG's, I don't think they made passive pickups then in the PJ configuration, so, yes, this is the active pickup system.

    Lloyd Howard

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