cheapest soapbars worth using?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by danharris, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. like the title says, whats the nicest sounding pup for $50 or less.

    $100 each for barts is too much, $10 chinese ebay pups sound terrible. find me something inbetween

    (preferably in an emg45 size)
  2. StringslamDan


    Nov 18, 2012
    You can get a used set of Emg 45 hz's pretty cheap. They're probably as good as it gets if your only willing to fork out $50 bucks. I have a set in one of my basses and use them with a hartke bass atack preamp pedal and I think they sound good. The Emg 45 size isn't as common as the 35 or 40 on the used market which is probably going to limit your options...
  3. ya i guess those come stock in some pretty nice basses, and folks swap em out right away so there should be some out there.

    ill see what i can find

    edit.... your right.. lots of 35's and 40's out there for about $50... but 45's are slim. ill have to keep a close eye, or maybe a fellow friendly tb'er could mail me a set?
  4. prod-menpw-extra-fresh-body-bar-B.
    What an odd question :meh:
  5. rubendlr


    Mar 10, 2012
    Austin, TX, USA
    You didn't mention what number of strings this bass has. Is it a 6 string? Because that's what a EMG 45 is made for. Carvin has some soapbars that are a little shorter than a 45, but there are a custom route size for 70 bucks. Kent Armstrongs are about 13-14 bucks more at WD music but I believe they fit a EMG 40 route.
  6. its for a six string. 1.5 x 4.5 inch routes. emg45 size. kent armstrongs look like a good deal. MM tone at a nice price. none for 6ers though.

    i might have to bite the bullet here and spend a few more bucks just to get something in my size. like stringslamdan said, 45's are way less common than the 35's and 40 sizing.

    thanks for the input guys
  7. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    I didn't see where you specified active or passive pickups.
    EMG 45's (used), and active, can be found quite regularly- tho not as often as 40 series, and EMG 45HZ (passive) are not nearly as common-(do they make HZ in 45 series?).
    40 and 45 series can be used for 5 or 6 string, but 40P and 45P only for their designated string #, as they are split 'P' inside, not rails.
  8. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    I'll jump in here: also looking for this size/shape for a Gecko 6

    interested in aguilar dcb- but would be happy to get something else going just to play the bass and budget for some bad ass pups later