XL Bass Pickups

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  1. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

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    So...I'm thinking of doing an 8-string multiscale (34-37") bass. The only thing I'm having a hard time with is the pickups.

    I need a sensor width of about 135mm. I can't find any that long. I've seen a lot of builds with super-long pickups, so are they all custom 1-off units? Where the heck do these things come from?
  2. Clark Dark

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    I've seen them on the Aero pickups website, but there are probably other manufacturers that also do extra long widths too,
  3. Beej

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  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

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    Bill Lawrence makes steel guitar pickup all the way out to 12 string, so I doubt yours would be a problem.
  5. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member

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    There are several pickups makers willing to make them big enough for your needs... but I think some of them could ask for a lot of time and money.
    If you don't find a solution feel free to drop me a line, I'll try to help. :)
  6. cnltb

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    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

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    Most all are custom. You could probably use a set of Lace Alumitone 9 or 10 string guitar pickups if you wanted 'off the shelf'.
  8. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

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    ^ the biggest one they make is a Deathbucker 5.0, which is 1/4" too narrow.

    Thanks all.
  9. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member

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    I know for sure that Delano makes custom pickups for ERBs but no idea of cost and delivery time.
  10. Beej

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    You could always run two four string pickups kinda p style if it worked with the design...
  11. BioWeapon

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    If it was me id just make them.
    50k feet of 42 awg (approx 1lb) wire goes for close to 35 $.
    Magnets are super cheap if you know where to look.
    Then all you need is a top and bottom plate and a cover.
  12. MPU

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    What about making a multicoil- pickup? One coil for each string.

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