Bill Bartolini on his pickup design

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bass4LifeRS, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Bass4LifeRS

    Bass4LifeRS

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
    Thought it would be nice to have the Bartolini article from the Ibanez site here on TB for reference, should Ibanez remove it from their site. Enjoy ! (http://ibanez.com/features/btb_bartolini_feature)

     
  2. bigd4207

    bigd4207

    Apr 28, 2006
    In the clouds
    and here it will lie till the end of time, too bad we can't post videos, I can't even find some of the sterling ball vids I used to watch, this stuff needs to be saved. they ought to make an archive for all the pioneers so to speak such as leo, jaco, enwistitle, bill bart, john east, etc.
     
  3. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Inactive

    Oct 20, 2004
    You can find some old web stuff at archive.org

    For instance, here's all the Bartolini web site changes going back to 1998!

    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.bartolini.net

    I have one of the very first Bartolini Hi-A pickups from 1976 or '77. I bought it new direct from Bill. He even called me up to ask me a question! This was way before email and the internet of course.

    I also have several old Bart catalogs from the 70's. When I get a chance I'll scan them.

    Here's my old Hi-A 2C that was in the bridge position of my 1973 Ric 4001.

    Hi-A.jpg
     
  4. bigd4207

    bigd4207

    Apr 28, 2006
    In the clouds
    wow, that's one old pup
     
  5. bigd4207

    bigd4207

    Apr 28, 2006
    In the clouds
    know where to find the sterling ball bongo and anniv. stingray videos by any chance?
     
  6. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Inactive

    Oct 20, 2004
    It had to be one of the first humbuckers he made. He actually looked my number up via directory assistance and called me on the phone with a question... this was for the bridge pickup on a Ric, so he got a mounting bracket and installed it, and had my send mine to him.

    This was all before email and the internet of course.

    You don't get service like that anymore!
     
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    That Hi-A is the same pickup that Bernie Rico used in the first prototype Mockingbird bass that I designed for BC Rich in December of 1975. I always thought that they sounded great. it also has massive prototype solid chrome-plated-brass "BadAss" bridge on it before Leo Quan revised the design to a smaller profile type.