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Highlander pickup

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by arto alho, Jan 2, 2001.


  1. Hey,
    I was visiting my luthier today just to say hello and wish a happy new year. He told me he had just finished assembling a Highlander pickup to someone´s bridge ( the guy had left and does not live where I do..). I got interested and visited their homepage:
    http://www.highlanderpickups.com
    the constuction seems light enough, even though I have strong suspections to letting anyone to dig grooves or drill holes to my bridges...
    My question is does anybody have any comments of this pickup?
    Played, heard, seen, smelled, smoked or eaten? Any info will be sincerely appreciated.


     
  2. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Let's hear those reviews! This is the pickup that I plan on putting in a coupla basses that I am in the process of building...an EUB and Semi-Hollow body. I think that some Rob Allen's use them...Any MB-2 owners out there??

    -robert
     
  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
  4. I visited the dealer in Finland last week and asked about their price: it was incredible $ 370 per unit. On the top you can count $ 50 - 100 for the luthier who installs it.

    so FEWER RBLS, if ya gonna use it for yer uprights, it´s better sound damn good for that dough. Outta my budget at this moment anyhow. Thanks, though. As always, this forum showed up to be the best place ever to start askin, if you run into something not familiar.
     
  5. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Wow arto...Are those Yankee Dollars?!?! It's $175 in my StewMac catalog for the IP-1 with a volume control...Installation free for us DIY guys...

    -robert
     
  6. Genuine greenbacks, man. Counted with the valid rate.
    A mail order would be the only way....and still it´s not cheap.

    R2D2
     
  7. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    I have a HIghlander in a Dave Maize Acoustic Bass Guitar. It sounds exactly like the instrument miked. His website is available through Harmony Central under manufacturers. I have the one without the additional mike input in the preamp. I had a Rob Allen bass for one day.
     
  8. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    I wanted to clarify my Rob Allen comment. I do not wish to disparage any equipment. I ordered one from a wonderful West Coast store and they gave me a full refund when I returned it. It looks beautiful. The case fit poorly. It's a great idea and someone needs to do this though I feel that in a shallow bodied semi-hollow instrument that Godin has accomplished this feat. The Allen just didn't fall into my hands and feel instantly wonderful or sound all that amazing. Perhaps the body needs to be a little bigger to make that Highlander reproduce some great sound. The old style discontinued Washburn AB-40s and AB-45s do the concept of electric/acoustic bass justice. Thanks
     
  9. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Chadds, your comment seems to establish that the Rob allen uses an Highlander pickup, which is false.
    The RA uses a natural matrix Fishman under the saddle.

    Just to make things clear and correct.