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Bass pickups to fit a standard guitar humbucker rout?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RBS_Johnson, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Hello all,

    I have a couple frankenstein projects going on right now, and they would really benefit from a answer to this question. Are there any pickups that fit in a standard geetar humbucker rout? Especially any that sound good :rolleyes: I know DiMarzio makes the x2n-b, but I would like to find a cheaper alternative.

    Currently I am leaning towards trying a guitar dual rail pickup, a violin bass mini humbucker(probably with custom rings to fill the gap), and I have seen mention of a firebird sized pickup as well. I would guess the firebird sized one is a guitar spec humbucker.

    Any opinions? Also, I know there are differences in winding and such that differentiate bass pickups from guitar pickups. If anyone has any real insight into how this manifests when put together, I would love you forever :bassist:

  2. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    The EMG HB is excellent. I believe some guy who plays in Primus digs them, too. ;)
  3. vdub75


    Feb 15, 2013
    yes the firebird-style mini humbuckers have blades under the covers and have been used as eb-3 bridge pickups more than once. In that case the ones from wilkinson.

    You don't need to build custom rings, you can buy rings to fit a mini hum in a humbucker place.
  4. Thanks for the heads up in the EMG HB. I did not know about that one, though I want to stay passive on these instruments.

    Any idea if the firebird pickups provide a decent bass tone? If they do I(in my limited scope of pickup production knowledge), could see any guitar pickup getting a decent sound given that it wasn`t super hot and the string spacing was not an issue. Just a theory though ;)

    I have a while before I really need to find pickups for these two, and I think the one that will be full scale will end up routed for actual bass pickups. So I will keep looking in the mean time.


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