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Can you use a music man pickup in a non music man bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Dr. Turkey, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Dr. Turkey

    Dr. Turkey

    May 22, 2014
    I have this bass and I like it a lot but I'll like it more when I put a willpower in the neck wired in series but the bridge pup still sounds too wimpy no matter what I do with it. I was considering getting the bridge routed and dropping a Musicman ceramic humbucker in there (unless you guys have a different suggestion) (also wired in series). Would it work without all those extra musicman controls? I know I won't get the same sound without the preamp or "sweet spot" but I'm hoping the hotter pickup helps with the sound I want.
  2. Thunder Pulse

    Thunder Pulse

    May 12, 2007
    That pickup location is realllllly close to the bridge. You're never going to get any beef out of that pickup soloed regardless of which pickup is there. My guess is that much like the bridge pickup on the G&L SB-2, its purpose is just to add tonal flavor to the other pickup.

    You've got tons of space between the two stock pickups.... if you want to go about adding another pickup I'd consider adding something there. Maybe a Will Power Middle like on Billy Sheehan's bass.

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  3. Dr. Turkey

    Dr. Turkey

    May 22, 2014
    Yeah I know I'm going to be limited unfortunately. It's weird I was able to get some good sounds from a Gibson model but I just solo the neck pickup on the epiphone because the bridge pickup makes the mix sound worse to me. I'd like to avoid adding a third pickup though because that's just going to add a lot more work
  4. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    String spacing is different on the pickup and on that bass. Pickup will work but lookwise it will not match.
  5. IWieldTheSpade


    Mar 15, 2010
    If this is an issue, you can always use something like a bartolini with no exposed pole pieces, or another type of dual coil that has a blade instead
  6. You could do it yes, but I don't recommend it. It is way too close to the bridge and far from the sweet spot.
  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I wouldn't do it just from the fact that you'll completely kill the resale of the bass if you decide that it doesn't work for you. You're better off buying a Sterling Ray4 or Ray34 depending on your budget if a U.S. one is too pricey for you.
  8. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Sure but SD MM pickup was the one linked.
  9. Dr. Turkey

    Dr. Turkey

    May 22, 2014
    Is there something else you'd recommend? I'm going to be discussing options with my luthier as well to see what he can do.

    Yep. I'm not too worried about the pole spacing if it's only an aesthetics issue. It is right?
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Can you use a music man pickup in a non music man bass?
    If you can get one... sure you can use it in any bass you like.
  12. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Pull out that Will Power and put in a Curtis Novak Fatbucker and get a Novak bridge pup while you are at it.

    A TV Jones will go into the bridge route with very little routing too. They give it a REAL bite.
  13. Dr. Turkey

    Dr. Turkey

    May 22, 2014
    Filtertrons are awesome, but I already have another bass that'll be getting 2 in it so I want to try something different here.

    I'm honestly toying with the idea of putting another sidewinder in there. What do you guys think that would sound like?
  14. Dr. Turkey

    Dr. Turkey

    May 22, 2014
    Talked to the luthiers that help me with my stuff and agree with the music man pickup. They advised against routing a new spot and say I should just expand the existing spot. I also asked about the extra electronics and they say it's doable so I'll be thinking about this more. Thanks for the opinions in here everybody

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