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Ideas for single pickup bass build

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kink Rimson, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Kink Rimson

    Kink Rimson

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    I'm planning to put together a bass with a friend of mine - my first bass build! Luckily he has a lot more experience than me...
    Anyway, after much planning I have decided it will have just the one pickup, but I'm at a bit of a loss what to choose. The bass will probably be passive (although I'm toying with the idea of fitting a John East P-retro just for the hell of it). Now I do love the classic P tone but I'm after something a little different, but still something that can grunt and growl with plenty of top.
    The position of the pickup will either be in the P position or the Aria SB position, a little further back.
    Any suggestions or ideas? I'm just trying to find out what sort of things are out there that would suit such an application.
  2. Jools4001

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    I'm just collecting bits to make a single pup bass with a P-retro. The pup will be going in the Ric bridge pup position
  3. Molochnik

    Molochnik

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    I've been using DiMarzio BC-2s on my shortscales. They're very punchy and powerful through the whole range.
  4. The_Phoenician

    The_Phoenician

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    The best bass I've ever personally played was a vintage, single pickup Thunderbird, so if you can afford it, I'd definitely look into Thunderbird pickups, like Lollars or Thunderbuckers.
  5. Kink Rimson

    Kink Rimson

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    I think that's about the same placement as on the Aria SBs. Could be good for maximising the clank! :bassist:
  6. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

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    I'm in the middle of this.Chi in the opprox P position.

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  7. Codger

    Codger Bradley Baker Supporting Member

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    Include a Darkstar in your search. There are said to be some very good reproductions now being made of what was itself a reproduction.
  8. sketch

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    Short scale Decade?
  9. Teacher

    Teacher

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    I've been thinking about a future build with a single Rio Grande Pitbull in a Stingray position. Worth a thought.
  10. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

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    A 32" or 30" warmoth ss neck.I'll try both and decide.
  11. Kink Rimson

    Kink Rimson

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    There's a chap over here in England that makes his own replicas...

    http://www.lhnborn.com/page3.htm

    I've always been drawn to these pickups but have never tried one. The Youtube clips sound very clear and clean - not the sort of grunt I was hoping for from them.
  12. Jungy

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    I think a Thunderbird pickup in P-position would be sweet.
  13. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

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    A friend had the body template so there could be a few of these coming. .I like that decade body style and will try some variations on this theme.
  14. wild4oldcars

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    big +1, maybe a little further south than P position

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