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Brice hxb-406 question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Infamous_MB, May 1, 2006.

  1. Infamous_MB


    Dec 11, 2002
    my electronics on my hxb-406 crapped out, does anyone know what kind of pickups i can drop in it that i wont need to do any routing for?
  2. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    Why not try to contact the place you bought it from for assistance?
  3. i believe a lot of people put in bartolini...
  4. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    You can put Bartolini's in there, I believe the M56 series pups are a drop in for the HXB rout. But there are lots of guys here who would know better than me. Plus, the Barts are pretty expensive ....... :meh:

    When you say the electronics crapped out, what do you mean by that? Do they not work at all, or are they crackling or cutting out? Is it just the pots (a really common problem with the HXB's)? A little bit more info will probably help to get you some more/better answers ....... :cool:
  5. Triclops

    Triclops Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
  6. Yes -

    The electronics (pots, wiring, pre-amp, etc.) do indeed suck (or blow, depending upon your direction). But the pickups aren't bad as pickups go

    Before taking soldering iron to them, though, make sure you have a fresh battery. When they start to get old and drop just a little below the required voltage, all hell breaks loose.

    Rather than buying Bartolini pickups, try a Bartolini 2 band EQ - you'll lose your active/passive capabilities, but it's worth it (IMO) to get rid of the noisy pots. Just did this with my Brice, and I LOVE the sound I'm getting from this thing!!

    If that doesn't work, then swap the pickups. If you do the pickups first, your electronics might still (and probably will) suck, and you might blame the pickups again (although it won't be their fault).
  7. Just checked this site - new Bart pre-amp with active/passive - vol/vol/treble/bass arrangement for $105 retail - not too shabby!

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