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Ibanez SR496 pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by sfxster, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. sfxster


    Apr 12, 2011
    I'm considering upgrading the pups for my bass but I don't know the actual dimensions of them. I've been searching on the Ibanez site but didn't found anything.

    The pickups are a DX6 set (neck and bridge). Anybody has any idea?

    Just to clarify, I'm not searching for a specific brand/model (eg, EMG) but the size, I don't want to make new holes or expanding the existing
  2. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    They may be same size as EMG '45's-
    check their site for size and measure yours.
    DX6's are passive, so if you go to active pickups instead of staying with passive, you'll need diff pots, at the least.
  3. I believe they are Bartolini's p4 size... Major routing needed to be done for EMG when I had my sr305 with the same pickup type.
  4. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Also, I think DX6's are 'reverse P' split inside, and may be better paired with an upgraded preamp.
    A lot of folks on here think that the OEM preamp is the weakest link.
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  6. evermelon

    evermelon Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    +1. They are just slightly larger than 1.5"x4.5" (EMG 45 shape). I've replaced ADX pickups previously which are the active version of the DX's

    +1 but I think they're standard split P
  7. sfxster


    Apr 12, 2011
    So, EMG 45 shape? nice.

    I also heard that thing about the preamp, maybe I'll start with a preamp upgrade since is cheaper.

    Thanks everybody!
  8. sfxster


    Apr 12, 2011
    A little bump, I figured it out that my bass uses EMG 40 shape, so I'm thinking of a couple of 40DC plus a EMG preamp. But the pickups are suited for five stringers and I really don't know if they work in my six strings
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Just re-checked, and seems that I had meant that EMG 40 (NOT 45) series are 'near' same size as DX6/ADX6. The EMG 40 series are just a little smaller than those Ibanez pickups.
    The DX6/ADX6 are on Ibanez 6-stringers, and I have EMG 40DC's on a 5-stringer.
    However, an EMG 40P5 (for P series) is required for a 5-stringer, as it is a 'split coil' design, not a blade style dual coil as the DC/CS (and maybe the hz) series are.
    Sorry about the previous size mistake- always check recommendations out to your own satisfaction ;)
  10. sfxster


    Apr 12, 2011
    No problem. I'm still a bit confused with all the different pickups (single coil, split, dual, quad, etc).
    I know soapbar means the 'housing' of the actual pickup and it can be P, J and many others, so there's a lot to learn ;)

    But I changed my mind and I'm going to buy a preamp first, I read that the DX6 pups are slightly better than the EQB3 preamp and therefore I'll leave the pickups for later. I always wanted a Aguilar OBP3 but there are more expensive than Bartolini or EMG for example.

    Ah, and by the way, which sound can I expect from a Bartolini preamp? They are my second choice after a OBP3 and probably only since I read that the EMG preamps only works on EMG brand pickups

    Will I get some discounts from black friday/cyber monday?
  11. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Sorry for late reply- way late:
    As I don't know how the Bart pre's will work with these pickups, I can't say, but
    EMG pre's will work with most pickups as long as the correct pot values are used- for active or passive pickups.

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