Affordable passive rail or blade pup recommendation?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KayXero, Jan 8, 2014.


  1. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    Hey guys.

    What would you recommend to someone on a budget, who wants a passive rail or blade type pickup? Ive been browsing and have noticed many rail pups are active, and that even some covered pups that almost tricked me into thinking they were rails, actually had poles under the cover.

    What would you recommend?
     
  2. Pretty much all Bartolini's are blades, and passive.
     
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  4. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    I believe Carvin pickups are rails. There really are very few active pickups.
     
  5. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    Would you happen to have a link which can show me whats under the hood? Is there one singular blade that runs the length of the pup?
     
  6. They use to show the layout on the site. But, I don't know if they still do. I believe the 9j1 singles, are a single blade. Most of the Soap bars are 2 blades.
     
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
  8. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    I think EMG HZ pickups are blade-type.
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Bartolini or SGD Jazzbuckers would be my pick.
     
  10. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    I was thinking of these, but Ive heard lackluster reviews on them when compared to others. Basically I hear people say "emg should stick to actives"

    No-name ebay pups are a scary proposition :bag:
     
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I didn't say I would use them. But they are afordible and are blade poles.
     
  12. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    True that xD

    Know anything about the pickups over at azguitarparts?

    Says they are epoxy sealed. Not sure if they are rails or not.
     
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    No I never heard of them.
     
  14. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Seymour Duncan SSBs are another candidate.
     
  15. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    ooops. Should have mentioned I need passive rails in P and J configurations =P. I only see the SSB rail as a soapbar.
     
  16. Bartolini P DiMarzio, also makes a P
     
  17. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    What J pup set do you think would be good to pair with the Dimarzio dp 127? This is for my JPJ bass project.
     
  18. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Output wise, the UltraJazz is a match.

    Cosmetics wise, they couldn't be any more different :)
     
  19. KayXero

    KayXero

    Apr 3, 2007
    Any rail suggestion to pair with the Dimarzio rail P?
     
  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    That may be a trial/error thing since they don't make a matching pickup for it. So...try any blade pickup..Bartolini, SGD, Carvin.