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bass with pickup close to bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shwashwa, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    just looking for some names, maybe a list of basses that have the bridge pickup really close to the bridge. im finding that i think i like this tone. the ones off the top of my head: Carl Thompson seems to have the pickup right up against the bridge on some of his 70's models. ken smith seems to have it really close too. i think the standard spector PJ has the J pretty close to the bridge. and Wal also. any others?
  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Any cheap P can be routed for a J humping the bridge. It is a cool sound but I think why so few do it is because the output level drops off pretty drastically there. Love the burp though.
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    The old Peavey Palaedium had the pickup very close to the bridge.

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  4. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    surfing the internet it kind of looks like the warwick thumb had it pretty close to the bridge too, is that right?
  5. motorhall


    Jul 1, 2004
    Or its successor, the Dean Jeff Berlin model. You want the old one made in the Czech Republic, if you can find one.

  6. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    Here is my 1981 Washburn B-40. This has a J pup very close to the bridge and the P pup very close to the neck. A really nice sounding bass. Not easy to find these days.

  7. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    ^----Beat me to it!
    I was going to mention that Washburn did a number of P/J configurations with the bridge pickup WAYYY back.
  8. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Lakland Jerry Scheff?
  9. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    As you mentioned, Ken Smith. Roscoe, Sadowsky Modern, Peavey Cirrus. Also, of course, custom builders like Skjold can do that for you.

    Really digging the Bartolini loaded Century Roscoe model. Burpy and tight and bappy, but BIG sounding at the same time. 35" scale, 18.3mm spacing. The Sadowsky Metro Modern will also get you there in a 34" scale with full 19mm spacing. Both 'top notch'. The Roscoe Century Standard + is by far the best deal out there for a 'boutique' quality instrument at a reasonable price IMO. They come up used in the classified often.
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  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I've always wanted to play one of these Warriors with this pickup config:

  11. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    wow pickups really close to the edge of the bridge on some of these basses.... "close" being the keyword.

    but how about touching it?
  12. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Rickenbacker 4005
  13. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    Musicman Stingray and Sterling
  14. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    i think steinberger would qualify here too, but not the new single pickup version
  15. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The early Kramer Pioneer Imperial basses had the single, and then double, J pickups really close to the bridge
  16. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Modulus Quantum "Turbo"

  17. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    How close is close? :D LTD B-204FM

  18. Peavey foundations have the rear pickup right next to the bridge.
  19. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    pretty sure a Ric 4002 had it right up close to the bridge
  20. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    Here is another of my old washburn basses with the pickup close to the bridge. My 1981 B-20-8.


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