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Help me with Pickups Ibanez SR300

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cire113, May 5, 2010.

  1. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    I want to replace the stock pick ups that came with my ibanez sr300... I bought this bass cause i love the feel of the bass and neck.. Now i want to put in some rocking pickups in it??

    I dont know anything about pickups or replacing them..

    Does anyone have any solid recommendations for me?
  2. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    My Ibanez SR885 has Basslines Phase II pickups and a 2 band EQ installed. Sounds pretty good, IMO.
  3. Hopper


    Sep 24, 2008
    Bump -

    I'm in the same position. I'd like to hear from anyone who's modified one
  4. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    anyone else have ideas?

    Also will i be able to install my own pickups or is it hard?
  5. These guys on TB can probably guide you through the wiring process for pickups.

    I have no idea what pickups will fit the holes on an Ibanez. I'm rather curious myself.
  6. Bartolinis go pretty good with Ibanez SR's
  7. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Do the Bartolinis fit like the stock Ibanez pickups without any drilling or anything? Anyone have a specific part number?
  8. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Look on the Bartolini website. They have a page of dimensions.
  9. michele9598


    Apr 21, 2010
    I think I may have an answer for you.

    I have several basses that are "better" than my Ibanez SR300; however, I've always loved playing the Ibanez because that neck can't be beat. The stock pickups in this bass suck!!! Let me say it again, they are terrible pieces of terd.

    So I bought a set of US made Barts (that fit perfectly by the way) and had them installed by Bass Specialties in Bensalem, PA. I also had the active EQ ripped out and went passive -- I'm old school. It sounds so much better now.

    The Barts you need are these:

    Bartolini MK4CBC-B Dual Coil Bass pickup - Neck position


    Bartolini MK4CBC-T Dual Coil Bass pickup - Bridge position


    Attached Files:

  10. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    First Id say try adjusting the pickups. The SR300 stock pups do better then most Ive played once adjusted to taste for height etc. Its makes a very notceable diff. I will add I prefer crunchy, aggressive, not smooth voice for bass. And soapbars that do a better job of emulating a P pup rather then J pup voice fullness wise. Also have you experiemented a lot with the mid sweep/style sweeper control? That makes a big diff to.

    If that doesnt work. Your gonna have to figure out what change you want sound wise? Smoother? More J pup like? What sound change to voice char do you want? Based on these things, reasonable suggestions can be made. I'm not a fan of barts myself, they sound weak and overly smooth to me.
  11. Hello im new to Talk bass. im 16.. want to make friend in here but dont know how. HELP!!!!??? Ohh SoonerMatt i also have a SR885 mine was made in japan in 1992. also has bass lines J- pickups with active EQ. need to talk to you asap.. thanks
  12. Carvin makes pups that looks like the stock SR300 pups but way better in quality and I think the holes line up too.
    Carvin.com : Bass Pickups
  13. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Thread resurrection!

    I just noticed how bad SR300 pickups sound at practice last week.... the Dragonfires in my cheapo GSR200 blew them away. One thing that's always been a problem is that the signal is really weak on the G string.

    I'm almost wondering if I should put a pair of J's in with a custom pickup ring?... hmmm...
  14. lhoward


    Apr 27, 2003
    Western NY State
    I have an SR300DX that I bought new about 8-9 years ago and after a couple years, I bought an EMG PJ pickup set with wiring harness and I've been very happy with them. The only thing I had to do was enlarge the P pickup inset about 1/16th inch because the EMG P pickup is a little larger than the stock Ibanez P pickup. I don't recall if I had to do that with the J pickup inset or not.

    I've used a number of different brand strings, but the one's I'm using now are old Kaman Black-Kamflon coated strings. I'm not sure what current day string would be comparable, but I bought two boxes of the Kaman strings in the early '80s and they work really well with the EMG's.

    Just a note, when I bought the EMG's, I don't think they made passive pickups then in the PJ configuration, so, yes, this is the active pickup system.

    Lloyd Howard
  15. Ok. Time for some good old fashioned Thread Necromancy.




    Anyway, I have a 5-year-old Ibanez SR 300 and would like to swap the pickups for a set of those new "singularity" single-coil soapbars by Bartolini. I might potentially have a new bass incoming that would be a more "aggressive" instrument, so I'm thinking this set of single coils might smooth-out the tone of the Ibanez a bit.

    The consensus seems to be that Bartolini's "MK4" shape seems to be the right size. Can someone confirm this? My 300 is Green Metal Flake with a stacked Treble/Bass EQ, along with a "Style Sweeper" mid-shape knob. I might even consider a 2-band Bartolini preamp with a push/pull active/passive on the volume.
  16. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Time to revisit this thread!

    Any more suggestions on replacing pickups on an SR300?

    Any cheaper solutions besides the Barts?

    I am picking up my SR300 that is on layaway today.....I have a week to decide whether to keep it.

    I don't really need this bass, but love my 97 SR800....plus the SR300 was way under $100 at a pawn....they had no clue what model it was and I know that these can be bought for $175 to $200 used.

    I can always return it, but it is minty condition.

    Any other suggestions for strings, setup, etc is appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
  17. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    The dilemma with the questions you're asking is this......different pickups are mostly "different", and may , or may not be better or worse than what's in the bass, that all comes down to taste, and opinion. Same with strings, though there are poorly made cheap strings, if we compare sets that are made well, it comes down to opinion, one set isn't better, only different. When you can describe what it is that you do not like about the Ibanez pickups, if it's something that EQ, and setup wont fix, someone might chime in with a change they made, that changes the things you don't like. Are the Barts better than EMG's or the Ibanez pickups?.....well, they are different, some may like the sound better, some won't like it at all, if you change what's in there now. Are expensive pickups always better?....there's a question I can answer....no. I changed the pickups in one of my Fender basses from the perfectly good Fender pickups to a specific set of EMG's, after playing a bass with them, the bass was quite good from the factory, for me, it's even better now. My band's lead player's reaction..."What did you do?, I loved that bass, would you sell me the Fender pickups that were in it?, I'll put them in my bass" (he's a really good long time bass player, and while I respect his opinion, he can't have the Fender pickups, (I'm keeping them)...but the EMG's stay unless I sell the bass.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2016
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  18. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
  19. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Definitely I agree that expensive isn't always better with pickups.....I have a lot of experience swapping pickups and magnets in 6 string guitars....very little with bass guitars.

    I did install a Duncan SPB1 vintage P pickup in my late 80's Peavey Fury (P copy of sorts) and it pretty much nailed the tone/response I wanted....the pickup I removed was a Duncan SPB2 hot P which was a middier, gainer pickup and a bit dark.

    I tend to like Ibanez basses overall in terms of feel, just curious if anyone has tried different pickups....some feel the stock versions (as in my 2012 SR300) are a bit anemic....but I will play around with pickup height first!
    Zoobiedood likes this.
  20. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    I think the pickups in those SR's are Ibanez made. The routes should be compatible with MK or P2 size pickups. P2 i s what you will find for most high quality pickups from brands like Nordstrand, Aguilar, Bartolini, Delano, etc. Trouble is, most of those options, new, will cost more than the entire bass.

    I have some Carvin pickups for sale, which are P2 shape. Check the link in my sig.

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