Help : identify Dusty Hill's new pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Maxime01, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Maxime01


    Jun 25, 2019
    On this tour, Dusty Hill switched his Seymour Duncan 51 P-bass stack pickup for a new one. Do you know which brand/model is this ? One thing is certain : it sounds great !

  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Looks like a standard Gibson-style mini humbucker to me. I’m sure it’s a custom boo-teek item though...
  3. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Looks like a Super Ferrite.
    That's just me dreaming and projecting my favorite pickup on Mr Hill. :)
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  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
  5. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    I think I see a row of poles towards the back. So like Gibson mini humbuckers, like ctmullins suggested.

    What's really interesting is the pickup position, it's morel like a Cabronita than a Tele/51P. Maybe even slightly further back. A good place for a humbucker imo.

    Edit: just noticed that right under his right hand, there appears to be another pickup right at the neck, hidden under a cover painted like the bass. Or maybe it's just a cover for an empty pickup rout from experimenting...
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
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  6. One of my 51 style P-basses sports a Super Ferrite :)

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  7. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Are you sure you weren't listening to the backing tracks?
  8. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Pole spacing is tighter than the strings. N00b error, Mr. Dusty.
  9. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    When I have a 51 style P again, it's getting a Super Ferrite. Love that pickup!
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  10. Maxime01


    Jun 25, 2019
    Thanks for the answers :thumbsup:
  11. Hstock


    Apr 8, 2020
    It is a Bolin. JB (John Bolin) built about 90% of the basses Dusty played. I’m fortunate enough to own 2 JB Basses. In the past, JB commented the guitar techs for Dusty and Billy would often experiment and change out pickups looking for the perfect “ZZ” sound or the sound they were looking for that specific show.
  12. ErikP.Bass

    ErikP.Bass Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    Did anyone ever figure out what this pickup was? Or if there were two? I wonder if Bolin would know and be willing to share?

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