Epi EB-3 pickup options

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Proglodyte, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Proglodyte


    Aug 27, 2010
    Charleston, WV
    I recently picked up an Epi EB-3 bass from a friend. The finish is decent but the electronics are in terrible condition and I am thinking of making it my new project bass. I have always loved the shape of the SG and I really want to do something special with this thing. I've seen some pics of EB-3's with Darkstars in them and I'd really love that option, but apparently Fred Hammon is incommunicado and is not taking new orders.

    As another option I was thinking that maybe I could put a pair of MM pickups in it. I am capable of doing the routing but I am not sure if a MM pickup would even work out on this particular bass because of their positioning.

    Can anyone give me some pointers ? Is this just a crazy idea that wouldn't work or even sound good ? I would also be open to alternate ideas.

    Thanks for your time...
  2. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    A MM pickup might fit in the bridge position, if you didn't go any further towards the bridge with the routing you'd be close to the "sweet spot".
    Although I'm not sure how the pu poles will lineup, those 3 point bridges have narrower spacing than on MM bridges.
    I would also think about swapping the bridge out for one that contacts the body better, which will help to get a beefier tone out of that MM pu. I believe Hipshot makes a few direct replacements for 3 point setups.
  3. Dimarzio Model One is a direct replacement. I had one in my EB3 until I replaced it with a KEnt Armstrong MM. I did have to route the body for it. I have mine wired Parallel/single coil/Series and it sounds great.



  4. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010

    This Epi has 2 Barts and a Aguilar obp-3 in it. These Epi's are great for mods.
  5. Proglodyte


    Aug 27, 2010
    Charleston, WV
    Thanks for the great info !

    Ok so I'm looking at the Hipshot SuperTone bridge It has string spacing of .696 according to the FAQ on their site. This would be approx 2.784 total width from first to last string. The description says it has some ability for side to side string spacing adjustment but I'm not sure if there is enough "wiggle room" to make it work.

    The Bassline MM pups I was looking at are apparently .754 from center pole according to the schematic. This would make total width from 1st pole center to last pole center 2.262

    I am also looking at the Bartolini MM pups that say their blades "cover string widths from 50mm to 59mm". Which would be from 1.968-2.165

    If my calculations are correct then the string spacing on the Hipshot bridge would not work out. Rumblethump is using a Badass and TheMinuteman appears to be sporting something similar. I'm assuming you had to do this due to the wider string spacing on the stock and drop-in replacement bridges. I'm worried that if I have to go with a different style bridge that it may screw up the intonation. Also I don't want the big ugly 3 point holes showing if I have to use a different bridge.

    Would the Bart 5 string MM stingray pup be a viable option ? From the measurements provided it seems like it would be an almost perfect fit for the stock (and Hipshot) EB-3 string spacing yet it has the same overall dimensions of the 4 string pup. I'm just not sure how a 5 string pup would perform on a 4 string bass. I'm assuming that since there are blades in the Bart pup rather than poles that it would work fine.
  6. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    I have a Schaller roller bridge. Like another poster stated, its give better contact to the body. Not a real issue with an Epi but I have 1 on my gibson and like it. String spacing was not an issue...just my preference. I have one of the new Lane Poor/Legacy p/u's in my Gibson in the center position like my Epi. I really like it but there appears to be quite a wait to get them. I believe he was overwhelmed with orders. I highly recommend giving them a shot. Similar price to the Bartolini's but IMO a better sound. Good luck.
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