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Comparable Pickups to these old Hagstroms?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tslicebass, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Tslicebass

    Tslicebass Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2007
    I am looking at picking up a 1960's Hagstrom Bass for sale online. It is a re finish and unfortunately the guy swapped the original pickups out in favor of a P/J setup (as well as swapping out the bridge, refinishing in a new color and ditching all the switches). I am thinking about buying it and trying to find some pickups that re create the originals (which are supposedly the biggest draw with these basses). It is a late 60's Hagstrom IIB with the oval pickups. I am assuming they are single coils. Would Single Chi Sonics be my best bet?
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  2. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I haven't a clue but do remember these basses.
    I didn't care for the next shape but they sounded really good and different than a J bass.
  3. Tslicebass

    Tslicebass Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2007
    I'm gonna bump this once to see if anybody else has thoughts. I found a guy who may have some of the vintage ones in stock
  4. kerryg

    kerryg Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Vancouver BC, Canada
    I seem to recall that Hammond Dark Stars are explicitly designed as remakes of the old Hagstrom bi-sonic pickups. You could search the forums here for further info, they were quite the fad a few years back.
  5. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    The only thing like the Hagstrom pickups are other Hagstrom pickups. Anything recent (like Chi-Sonics) are optimized for the modern player. If you can find a vintage set grab them - they do not come around very often at all. The tone on those is quite amazing considering they look like crappy little pickups.

    The original Bi-Sonics are nothing like these other than being single coils too. If you want to do some more routing you can get new versions. Fred Hammon has long since gone out of business, but several other makers offer them. They look like this.

    I will vouch for them - they really do sound great! I have a early 60's Coronado IV with the original Bi-Sonics and it sounds awesome.

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