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Cheapest bass you've ever put aftermarket pickups in.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Dec 6, 2018.


  1. I put the pickups from an Epiphone Les Paul in a $300 Fernandez Dragonfly X once.
     
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  2. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    Cincinnati
    Seymour Duncan's in a $59 ebay p bass. The pick ups cost more than the bass!
     
  3. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I put a Barden Strat pickup into a Bronco. Totally worth it.
     
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  4. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i put a duncan MM pickup in an ibanez mikro, and am planning to put mustang P/J pickups into an ibanez GSR100EX - each bass costs $179 brand new.
     
  5. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    I put a EMG MM pickup and preamp in a Dean Hillsboro single. The money would have been better spent on charity.
     
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  6. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    I put a pair of Darkstars ($300+ at the time IIRC) in a T-40 (sans pickups) that cost me $100. An odd choice perhaps, but the T-40 is one of the only basses that Bisonics will drop right into and I already had a stock T-40 that I liked alot.
    Completed! T-40 with Darkstars! Added: band practice report!
    Sounded awesome and played great (I love the T-40 neck), but was a bit too heavy.
    dscf0008b-.
    Eventually I replaced the body with a mahogany body that didn't end up much lighter. Eventually sold just about everything but the pups which now are destined for a custom Mudbucker-Telebass style LowdownBass that should be ready in May.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  7. SPB-1s in a $20 charity shop P bass copy. Total waste of money.
     
  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    $32 set of GHS Pro PB pups into a new $49 Baltimore bass. Sounds good and plays very nicely.

    E26CF69D-AA78-4AD3-90E2-284A55543B3F.
     
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  9. jhb138

    jhb138

    Sep 14, 2016
    Massachusetts
    I put Dimarzios in my Hondo back in the day.
     
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  10. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Duncan pickup and pre in a SBMM Ray 4
    Made a giant killer
     
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  11. EMG Geezers in my SX P. I paid $50 for the bass. $100 for strings and $200 for pickups.

    I like it.
     
  12. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    Dimarzio Model P in a 50€ short scale P bass. After a year I swapped them back because the original pickup sounded just as good :D
     
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  13. -Asdfgh-

    -Asdfgh-

    Apr 13, 2010
    UK
    If I end up converting a Jazz to P/MM I might put the Kent Armstrongs is a £100 Harley Benton, although the stock pickups are actually that bad...
     
  14. BostonJazz72

    BostonJazz72 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Chicago
    Put Fralins Jazz pups in an SX bass and it worked out well.
     
  15. rickster4003

    rickster4003

    Feb 15, 2013
    Voodoo pickups in my vm fretless.
     
  16. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    i put a set of Bartolini P/Js in a Squier P Bass Special, $250 new.
     
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  17. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    I put a Dimarzio Area J pickup in the bridge position of a $180 Squier Jaguar SS. The stock, P-style neck pickup worked fine, for me.
     
  18. I didn't do it, but I picked up a Spector Performer a year ago that a previous owner had swapped the pickups for "non-Spector branded" EMGs and added and an active preamp to. I paid $200 for the bass.
     
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  19. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Put Nordstrands into a Brubaker Brute.
    Both the pickups and the Brute cost ~$350, separately.
     
  20. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I feel like @Dark Horse has some stories to tell about this.
     
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