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Need help. Lakland 44-01

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by koldunt, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. koldunt

    koldunt

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    Hello. I would like to ask members of the forum to help with choosing a replacement for standard pickups for Lakland 44-01 (Bartolini MK1 pitskups, MK1 preamp). What pickups and preamps to fit my bass, among which to choose? Looked kits Aquilar, Bartolini, Nordstrand. What pickups will be without elaboration wood guitar?
  2. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    I have to say that my 55-01 sounded awesome with just replacing the preamp with a Bart NTMB. Total pro sounding bass and my drummer, at the time, said it was my best sounding bass over a Jazz w/custom 60's pups. If you really want to change the pups, I'd go Bart CB's (a slightly better version of what you have).
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  4. koldunt

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    Thanks for the good advice. Put on my Lakland Bartolini MK4CBC and NTMB preamp.I believe that the sound will change for the better!
  5. Andy_D

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    I went with an Aguilar pre amp in my 4401. It sounds and plays great. I've been contemplating US Barts but I have to admit I don't know how much better I can make it sound.
  6. Session1969

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    Aggies are awesome as well.
  7. InhumanResource

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    I have MK5's and an NTMB in my 5501...it is absolutely fantastic. Very versatile. With both pickups on, the tone is very very full sounding. Backed off to the bridge pickup, it gets very (pleasantly) impolite without getting to thin...reminds me of a Musicman.

    Typically I avoid the solo'd bridge pickup type of sound, but on this bass it's very pleasant. The only thing I would suggest adding (and am considering for my own instrument) is a coil selector switch, as those MK's offer a lot of different wiring configurations.
  8. koldunt

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    Could you tell what kind of switch coil do you mean?
  9. InhumanResource

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    Either a DPDT like is suggested in other threads, or a 5 way similar to Sterlings and 'strats. Something where I can select which coils are active on each pickup.
  10. koldunt

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    please, tell me, the size pickups Bartolini MK-1 at 44-01 and 55-01 the same? This is one and same pickups used on both data models guitars or 4 string bass pickup shorter than 5 strings?
  11. mmbongo

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    They use the same MK1's for both, they are the same size.

    So that means MK5's and MK4's are the same size outside, but they are made differently inside.
  12. koldunt

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    Can I put on 44-01 Nordstrand DC instead of MK-1 and the string will be exactly above the pickup magnets? The gap between the pickup and the body of the tree does not interest me.
  13. mmbongo

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    Probably. There would be enough gap around the pickups to where you could move them up or down to make sure they line up.

    Personally though I would go with Bart MK4's. They are dual coil blades that are made to fit in that bass so no gaps and no coverage issues.
  14. koldunt

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    Bartolini MK4 also suitable, will be interesting thought Nordstrand. I want to make the cut-off coils on the pickups. And take an interesting preamp instead of native MK1.Na MK4 also possible to cut the coil? How much better MK4 than MK1 pickups? Thank you for answers.
  15. mmbongo

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    Yes the Barts are designed for coil splitting. I have mine wired with toggle switches for series/single/parallel.

    MK1's really have nothing at all in common with MK4's. MK4's will be deeper, tighter, and clearer by a long shot. MK1's are not even made by Bartolini.
  16. koldunt

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    So take MK4 pickups? Do not be disappointed? And what preamp advise?
  17. mmbongo

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    Bart pre of course!
  18. koldunt

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    well convinced
  19. InhumanResource

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    Let us know how it works out! I'm very happy with my MK5's and NTMB. Just need those coil selectors, one of these days.
  20. koldunt

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    Let's see what happens. Once installed all - I'll write about the result.

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