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HELP -- Pickups for 7 string basses

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by matthewfoote, Sep 25, 2002.


  1. I am having a 7 string fretless bass made for me by Martin Peterson of Sei BASS. [ash body with buckeye burl facings and an ebony fingerboard]

    Does anyone have any advice on what pickups that can be used for 7 string basses. The string spacing will be 17.5mm so I need a pickup wide enough to cover 105mm as a minimum.

    I am leaning towards Bartollini P4 or G6.

    what do they sound like and are their any other alternatives?

    Matt
     
  2. Oooh you lucky, lucky man! :D

    Gareth Cooper (GMC basses in the UK) had Kent Armstrong make him up a set of stacked humbucker jazz pups for his 7 string headless fretless. They were custom wound and came in a nice wood effect casing. I believe that Kent wound them exactly as Gareth had specified (although it wasn't exactly what he meant, or wanted! :rolleyes: ) so there's probably scope for being specific about what you want. They are nice pups with a good signal. One thing is for sure though, they *are* large enough for just about any string spacing. Ample is the word. HUGE is another... :)

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    Gareth has also ordered a Musicman style humbucker and alnico jazz pup from Kent for my 6 string fretted which is in the works. I don't know the exact dimensions of these, but again they were custom order and Kent seems to have done a nice job.

    Keep us posted on how your baby turns out!
    Mike
     
  3. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I can't say I'm a specialist in 7 string pickups but I haven't found any pickup that can pickup the lows and the highs as well as it should on a 7 string, I think 7 and other multi-string basses have a long way ahead of sounding as good as I want them to sounds.......
    This is just mu oppinion though, does anyone agree???:cool:
     
  4. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    I think John Turner has custom Bartiloni's in at least a few of his Conklin-built monsters.
     
  5. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Seymour Duncan's Basslines will build you a 7 string pickup.
     
  6. Mike

    Nice pics!! looks like cocobolo facings, am I right? Anyway thanks for the info on the pickups.

    For some pics of one of my old basses see the WAL web page www.walbasses.homestead.com click on past basses of the month and look at Nov/Dec 2000

    Regards

    Matthew
     
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    what the hell are you talking about? i've been playing 7 and 8 string basses for about a decade and i've never had any problem with the pickups on mine, which are various models from bartolini, lane poor and seymour duncan.

    you live in iceland, right? what 7 string basses have you played? you've repeatedly made derogatory comments about how 7 string basses sound in your experience - what experience is that?

    :rolleyes:

    EDIT : i just noticed in your profile that you own a john myung sig bass. well, that might explain why you think the pickups on extended range instruments can't cut it - i find the pickups in the jm sig very lacking in tone and response.
     
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    seymour duncan does custom pickups - they made 8 string wide music man style pickups for me. bart has quite a few models available for 7 string bass. unfortunately, my favorite 7 string pickups, lane poors, aren't available anymore. i have them on quite a few of my basses, and i'm very happy with their response.
     
  9. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Gotta agree with John there. I have a student who has a 7 string Conklin (the least expensive one) and it sounds great. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Toronto bassist Marc Rogers playing (an expensive model) Conklin 7, and the tone was great!

    Now, to add to the pickup thread - Larry at Aero Instrument can wind 7 or 8 string pickups as well. He will do just about anything if you behave yourself and act nice.
    Laurence
     
  10. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    This is very childish of you Mr. John Turner, I was just stating my opinion:cool:
     
  11. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i don't think it was childish...but alex in the tech department at seymour duncan would be happy to wind you up a big ol' 7 string pickup to your specs. it may not be to your expectations, but what do they know about pickups, right? i have bartolinis on my usa curbow and they just sound like garbage :rolleyes:
     
  12. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    is arrogance more proper word?
     
  13. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    nah...knowledgeable or experienced, mebbe...
     
  14. Berme

    Berme

    May 11, 2001
    Spain
    In this forum we are supposed to help each other with REAL information and sincere answers, according to our REAL experience. There's no place for feeding the ego here. Having this in mind, Limo, you should name the multi-string basses you've played, and then give your opinion, and never generalize.
    And about your insinuation of John Turner being childish or arrogant... well, your "cool" smilies talk for themselves, everybody is going to trust JT's words instead of yours. You should not start to provoke people that way. It is somehow getting embarrasing.
    I'm saying this just to help, I'm not at all into starting silly discussions. Hope things get better now.
     
  15. Berme

    Berme

    May 11, 2001
    Spain
    I think this should be moved to Pickups...no?
     
  16. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey limo

    instead of calling me names and getting pissy, why don't you share what experience you have with 7+ string basses that dictates why you feel the way you do? that's how we grow in knowledge around here, by sharing experiences.

    let's start here - have you ever played a 7 string bass before? what kind? through what amps and cabinets? this will help us to understand where you are coming from.

    if you have valid experience, then we have common ground that we can share, but if you are just spewing b.s. opinions because you want to, with no experience, then you are going to get called on it. this may be the internet, but we still try to maintain _some_ level of credibility around here.
     
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah, i agree. and away we go!
     
  18. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I'm not happy with it either and I'm not trying to prowoke anyone, I've not been trying to cause any problems, I simply stated my opinion and asked if anyone agreed, I never said something personal to Mr. John Turner (whom I respect as a musician and opinions he's stating) I just don't you Mr. John Turner you should be petronizing me by saying that I live in Iceland or have a John Myung bass that I don't know what I'm talking about.

    and BTW the cool faced smiley is just a smiley, I'm not expexting people taking it all that seriously.

    Respect all of you:D
     
  19. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    This is also what I said although I'm not sure what mu means:D
     
  20. Suga

    Suga

    Sep 26, 2002
    I happen to agree with Limo here. I have owned my own studio and produced countless sessions. One person's opinion is not an end all (no matter his experience).

    I respect people who go and and mold their opinions based on their experiences rather than listening to what the pros have to say and take that as a sort of bible, which is holy and may not be altered in any manner.

    Players come in all shapes and sizes as well as their needs (in all different forms). Telling a person he is wrong because he doesn't agree with you and has molded his opinion on his own experience (rather than the experience of a pro). Is wrong if you ask me. Isn't music supposed to be innovative?

    What do you know of Limo's experience? He could be a very busy session player for all anybody knows. It seems that alone is enough to respect a person's opinion.

    I dunno just the vibe I'm picking up in the air.