Gibson EB 2 mudbucker installation issue...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by king flux, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. king flux

    king flux

    Jul 4, 2013
    i have a 1967 Gibson EB2 bass... i bought it with the original pickup disconnected (not working)... i purchased a working pickup but it came with the bracket as seen in the photo (the pickup on the left) and does not fit "as is"... the original pickup doesn't seem to fit either as it is sunken too low into the cavity...

    what am i missing? why is there a bracket on one pickup and not the other? is it meant for a different model year with a larger cavity? as for my original pickup... should i put foam or wood underneath it to support it?

    thanks in advance for any information shared!

    i borrowed this photo from a fellow forum member... my two pickups are identical...
  2. M.Mannix3


    Jun 12, 2010
    I can't see your picture but I'm on the android app so maybe that has something to do with it.

    I replaced the mudbucker in my Epi EB-3 with one from a 1969 EB-0 and it literally just dropped into the hole that the other pickup came out of. It might be different because the EB-2 is a semi hollowbody but, my mudbucker didn't come with any brackets or hardware but it did have a bit of foam underneath it. When I installed it, it was a little bit low, but I just adjusted the pole pieces to compensate.

    Also, my mudbucker has a grounding plate on the bottom. Maybe you could switch the grounding plates so the new one fits in.
  3. king flux

    king flux

    Jul 4, 2013
    the pickup with the bracket surrounding it works... but does not seem to fit. the one without the bracket fits, but does not work...

    they are supposedly both 1967 EB2 mudbuckers...
  4. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Vintage Vibe Guitars is doing an Adjustable Pole replacement for the Mudbucker. Wound to your tonal preference. If you send them the original, you'll get it back along with a new pickup that kicks booty and fit's in your guitar. IIRC $115 ...

    Pete can also rebuild the original so you can grab a replacement and then get the original one back working...

    [email protected]

    Pete (Mr VVG) is a friend of mine and an ace pickup builder. He's designed and built me several sets of pickups over the years. I give him the tonal input I am looking for. Words like warm, punchy, articulate, crisp... He takes it from there with the magnet material and windings and wire size etc... Vintage tone, modern methods is his thing. His stuff rocks!
  5. king flux

    king flux

    Jul 4, 2013
    that's interesting... and i have wrestled with the idea of having the original pickup rewound... but it begs the question... do i go with the tone of today or stick with a pickup that was would 46 some odd years ago? i see opportunity in both...