AllParts $40 MM pickup... crap?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JohnnyLiBass, May 21, 2012.

  1. Looking to see if anyone has thrown one of these cheap, or should i say inexpensive, pickups into one of their basses. $40 isnt a lot of money to piss away, but i'd rather not just flush away all my beer money on a total hunk of crap.

  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    You can pick up a used Duncan or Bartolini in that price range, I'd to that route.
  3. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
  4. Andy_D


    Nov 28, 2009
    Corpus Christi, TX
    I've been wondering how the Kent Armstrong MM pickups stack up. The KA HBMN1 can be had for ~ $50 on ebay.
  5. +1
    I have used a couple of these in different basses. Great pickup for the money!
    Matt R likes this.
  6. That is crazy cheap. $30? wow. I'm certainly not tied to buying a pickup for $30-40, but more curious about the quality/ sound. I've heard really good things about the Carvin MM that you can get through their store for $79, so I was thinking about going that route... But with nice things being said about the GFS pickup, I might just have to make this bass a $$ for the same price as a single MM!
  7. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    I have a Duncan MM in my Clement custom and its an excellent pickup. Plenty of punch and cuts through 2 guitars pretty well.
  8. I've had good luck with GFS pickups. Haven't tried their MM, but their P pickups and the lipstick tube humbuckers are good.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    No experience with that pickup, but other than the polepieces sticking up too high, I think the stock pickups in my SX bass are quite good. So I wouldn't go strictly by price.
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    They are surprisingly good for what they are. I had an SX Tele here to change the pickups and some hardware, and the sounded quite good. The replacements sounded a bit better, but it wasn't Earth shattering. But boy they were funky looking!
  11. Another +1 for GFS. I have the MM on this crazy "suitcase bass" a local guy put together. He put a terrible guitar pickup on it, but I replaced it with the GFS, and it made a whole world of difference
  12. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
  13. I had a Duncan Designed in a parts bass that I bought, and it sounded terrible IMO. I tossed it out and replaced it with a real MM pickup :D
  14. scoote3639


    Mar 16, 2004
    I have two of the all parts MM 40 pickups in a reworked KEN SMITH PROTO-J with an AGILAR OBP-3 andtheres no sound I cant get!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome especially for the money!
  15. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Oct 26, 2021

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.