Custom 7 string pickup sugestions?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rostotski, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Rostotski


    Jan 23, 2009
    Hey my names Jake Rostotski and im just gona start this by saying im designing a 7 string bass through Griffiths Guitars.

    I am going for a crisp sound, more so on the highs with more bassy lows but not too bassy.
    and honestly i know nothing about pickups really.

    someone help me out?
    i was recommended "aguilar" or "bartolini" (yes ive heard of them but i know nothing about them :p)
  2. I had a fretless 7 w/an Aero custom pickup in it. It did everything I asked of it. It was not cheap($350 IIRC)but you don't find 7-string PUs at Wal-Mart. :)

    Pics here:
    It's the one w/a big cross inlay.
  3. kramer.j


    Feb 1, 2007

    you should check out the Ken Smith 7-string pickups :)
    For info:
    For some examples of the sound of these pickups: Ritenour - Etude 2.mp4
    Mind you, not only the pickups themselves and the electronics are important, but also the pickup placement is crucial. On Ken Smith basses they are closer to the bridge than the pickups on a Jazz Bass, for example. This contributes to the definition of the low notes.

  4. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
  5. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I had a pair of LeFay 7str pickups on my Aries 7str. They were nice sounding. (need to find out the link to LeFay)

    IIRC, Villex has made some 7 (or 7+) pickups
  6. Nordstrand also makes some pretty nice pickups. I can't think of any other pickup makers at the moment that haven't already been mentioned.

    Pre-amps I would probably suggest.....Aguilar, Mike Pope, Bartolini, and Audere. One thing I'm really recommend is a pre that's either 4 band or has some sort of mid frequency selector. High mids generally compliment the bridge pickup and low mids can add some nice warmth on the neck pickup.
  7. thepontif


    Apr 24, 2004
    Designer Fodera Guitars/Michael Pope Design, Inc., Trickfish Amplification
    Check with Larry at Aero or Carey Nordstrand. They both do custom stuff and they both make great PU's.

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