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Bass VI pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mofo-Kang, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    What pickups would you guys suggest for a USA Custom Guitars replica of the Fender Bass VI? If I understand right, they essentially use stratocaster pickups... well, that doesn't really help narrow things down, LOL. What sort of characteristics would you look for in a guitar pickup that's going to be used on a bass? What pickups fit the bill?
  2. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    no one has any thoughts?
  3. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    If you email Fender they might just tell you what pups are in the thing. :)

    Or contact Lindy Fralin or someone else who specializes in reproducing old pickups.
  4. musicelectronix


    Jul 8, 2007
    Hüstın, TX
    Lead Designer, Zeibek Boutique Pedals
    I don't know if I understand correctly, but you are trying to install a guitar pickup to a bass? Or you are talking about a baritone guitar?
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    a Bass VI... it's a bass... like Jack Bruce used some during the Cream days


  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  7. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    It's a 30" scale 6-string bass, tuned like a guitar but one octave down. There's a huge array of single-coil stratocaster pickups out there, and I'm asking for advice about ones that people think would be best for this instrument. I'm not necessarily looking to make one that sounds exactly like the real thing, though I'm not necessarily opposed to that, either. What do people think? Lace sensor Hot Gold? Dimarzio SDS-1? Duncan strat Quarter-Pounders? Seymour Duncan also makes lipstick tube single-coils that might look nice, but would they sound right?
  8. Dead Horse

    Dead Horse

    Apr 25, 2008
    Paris - Europe
    The pickups are not single coil strat but some
    Custom Jaguar Single-Coil Pickups (Middle Pickup is Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity).
    Take a look on Seymour Duncan Pickups for Jaguar, you must find some.
  9. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
  10. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    The Texas Specials seem to be one of the more popular choices with these projects. Thanks, that's the sort of feedback I was looking for. Is it better to go with hotter pickups or no? Would that give a clearer bottom-end, or the opposite?
  11. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    "Hot" pickups tend to sound muddy with a bass IME, so I would avoid them, and also avoid Strat pickups with ceramic bar magnets.

    I tried and took notes on alnico rod Strat pickups with the following specs in a short scale solid body bass :
    A) 4.80K (wire unknown, probably 42)
    B) 6.38K, 43 awg
    C) 7.70K, (about 5+K of 42 with about 2.5K of 43 added)
    D) 10.79K, 43 awg

    Short reviews:

    Switching pickups A and B, I prefered A at the bridge and B at the neck to A at the neck and B at the bridge

    B at the neck and C at the bridge was my favorite, it sounded real good

    D sounded muddy, less defined

    It would also be worth your trouble to try different caps with and without pots.

    You should also consider the rw/rp deal, for example, with the Texas Special set you'd need to use the middle pickup with either one of the others so it won't sound bad when both are on. I think I've read they're wound with 43, but can't say for sure.

    You could also try various cheap Strat pickups from ebay.

    What's the deal with 43? I don't know, but the Fender SCPB pickups are wound with 42 and very similar to Strat pickups and people are changing those left and right...and some still aren't happy.

    Edit: I've never used Texas Specials in anything, so that's just a guess on my part.
  12. WahmBoomAh


    Oct 11, 2009
    Just got a Bass VI ... reviving an old thread since I`m looking at the same situation ...thanks
  13. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    This information is coming quite late to help the original posters and the first zombie poster. But they look like interesting pickups for a VI for someone who comes along later with the same question. Of course they cost $100 more than my entire Squier VI cost!!
  14. Callan


    Oct 29, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I put Vintage Noiseless Strat pickups in mine. They have worked great so far...but then again, I know nothing about guitar pickups.
  15. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Late info for sure.
    I kept the stock Jag style alnico pickups in my Squier Bass VI as they sound pretty good and have the RW/RP thing going on. I made sure that the metal comb has the shorter 2 poles on the low E and A, as called for in factory spec. I'm sure those original Squier pickups pop up now and again with people changing out the stock pickups. I did add a Seymour Duncan concentric Bass/Treble preamp in the thing, so the Bass VI gets all the tones and them some anyway.
    I hear good things about the Duncan Jag pickups in a Bass VI. Not a bad idea to have them wind them for your spec in terms of the RW/RP as the Jag has only neck and bridge pickups. I tend to use the neck pickup, neck and middle and middle only, so the factory RW/RP middle pickup works great for me.
  16. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    I know a lot of people use Lace guitar pickups in basses. Never tried it myself, but I've only heard good things.
    terr0rgasm likes this.