1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

3 pickup bass idea

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    This is the bass I'm looking to modify:

    ursa2hummn3ts1. ursa2hummn3ts5.

    So, what about this idea? I'm thinking that I could have another MM installed in place of the current neck pup (with the rear coil at the 36th fret location), and move that neck pup up to the 24th fret location. I have a switch installed right now that allows me to choose either or both coils in the stock MM - I could do the same for the new MM so that I have the rear coil (at the 36th) and the new neck pup (at the 24th). I know these wouldn't be exactly (or even nearly) like actual Ric pickups but they would be single coils in the correct spot.

    This would be a monster of a bass!! I could use either MM or both, get J tones from soloed MM coils, or get Ric like tones from the rear middle MM coil and the neck pup.

    The only issue I can think of is that MM pups are not quite as wide as a J neck pup. A J neck is 3.6" across and the body of an MM is 3.5, but this is a minimal issue. The only other concern would be the MM screw bump(?) on the control plate side bumping against the plate, but I don't think that's going to happen.

    I would leave the electronics passive. Each pup would have their own push/push pot which would also be tone pot. I'd have to put the front/both/rear coil switch for the middle MM in the pickguard using a black toggle switch (so it didn't stand out too much).

    So, what do you think?
  2. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I say it a great idea (and I see you've been inspired by the three-pickup thread :D), so my only advice would be to make a pickup mounting rig that suspends them above the strings and mount them that way to see how it'd sound before committing the bass to a router. But the way you describe it, you should get fairly good tone out of it all.

    As for the wiring, maybe this would be a good option:
    • a five-position rotary in the first position that'd switch between the solo neck, neck + rear mid coil, neck + mid humbucker, mid humbucker and rear mid
    • a master volume push-push that engages or disengages the bridge pickup
    • a master tone push-push that splits the bridge pickup (say, leaving the front bridge coil active)

    No extra drilling needed in that case. And you could repurpose your switch to "kill" the neck+mid pickups in case you ever need the bridge pickup soloed, and you could still split the bridge pickup.