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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.

    Thanks!
    John
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

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

    BassLife77

    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
  4. Andy_D

    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!
     
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  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

    kjpollo

    Mar 17, 2008
    CT
    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

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    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

    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

    scoote3639

    Mar 16, 2004
    34952
    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!
     

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