Hohner B Bass 6 String Electronics

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by emjei, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    Hi...I have a Hohner B Bass 6 String that I want to upgrade its electronics

    I measured the Humbucker pick ups and they are 4.5 inches long and 2 inches wide

    Any suggestion on Electronics Upgrde ?? Pick up, Pre Amp combination ??

  2. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    They look like they should be 4.5″×1.5″ (not 2.0″), the size of a standard EMG-45 pickup shell. I looked your bass up and the first site states they should be of that size. Could you please double-check?

    If they really are standard EMG-45 pickups, there are many EMG pickups that can fit in there, as well as many third-party winders who can make pickups in that format such as Bartolini, SGD and Nordstrand, to name a few.
  3. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    Thanks for the input

    The size is 4 inches by 1.5 inches

    The EMG folks recomended 40DC and a 40J pickup with a BQC control.

    He mentioned that the set up will give the Bass good low end with balanced sounding pickups and a bass and treble stacked control.

    Never though about mixing Pick ups ...

    And question is EMG vs Bartolini vs Norstrand....uffff desicions desicions
  4. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    pups are 4 1/8" x 1 1/2"-
    EMG 40's will fit.
    I replaced pre with an Aguilar OBP3 and it provides a lot of versatility.
    pups are split ('P' shaped) inside and IMO give good definition,
    just need a better EQ.
    I set mine up as vol/vol/mid/stacked bass/treble and kept EQ bypass switch.

    Attached Files:

  5. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    JustforFun.....you have to give me your number...haha

    You changed the bridge too .... niceeee
  6. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Yeah, bridge was same as on older maple Ibanez SR506 (made in same Cort factory, Korea) and was starting to lift/bend between mounting screws and ball end anchor.
    I replaced the Ibanez bridge first (with same single-string bridges) and tone was lots cleaner without the sympathetic vibrations being transfered, so I did the same with the Hohner.
    BTW- that Ibanez also has same-sized ('P' inside) soapbars: was going to put the OBP3 in that, but the Hohner needed it more.
    I've gotten to like the Ibanez EQ/ pup combo well enough that I'll leave it that way for a while.
    Necks are same profile and are w/in 0.2lb of each other so easy to switch.
    Ibanez in bolt-on, tho.
  7. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    BTW, my B-Bass VI was a pawn shop purchase, needed some work, no sound out (EQ was messed), but I like it now,
    got about half into it of what it was new, it's in good shape, and I think it sounds great.
    and 10.2 lb for a sixer isn't bad.
  8. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    Do you know if the Hohner has P pickups soap bar on top ??

    You kept the OEM pickups right ?
  9. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    I really like my B Bass....I lighweight, ThruNeck and sounds Low B ( propably the wood used )

    Im just trying to make it sound more versatile.......Is not broken or anything

    Friend told me to go Bartolini ....lets see
  10. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    AFAIK pups are original, and same constuction as in my Ibby SR506-:
    both are: (---__), not dual coils like (======).
    If you use a piece of cutoff bass string or small screwdriver to see where it is attracted to the magnets, then you'll know how yours are made.
    The 'P' split pups are humbucking, but narrow aperture, more like single-coils than dual-coils. Quad coils are like this, but with 2 'P's, regular and reversed.
    Seems to me that the split pups have more definition/ fundamentals than dual-coils- like them for that.
  11. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Most Barts are 'darker' from most that I've read...
    I like the clean tones and highs avail in addition to the lows that these splits deliver.
    Could be that the Aguilar OBP3 just really brings out what is already available- good combo,
    and complements the maple constuction.
    Seems most like Barts better with mahogany, wenge, olganvol.
    I/ve got some Barts, but they won't be going in these maple basses.
    FWIW, EMG DC40's (dual-coils) are in a Godin BG5 (maple/maple) and sound great in that.
  12. emjei


    Aug 17, 2009
    Great info provided...Thanks !!!
  13. PolyphonicDog


    Feb 11, 2015
    I just bought myself one of these from a pawn shop as well, and I am in love. I have small fingers and big ears so this bass is a perfect fit for me. Bass is in perfect condition mechanically and aesthetically, no neck warp, no dead spots, just needs a setup; however, there are some issues (cold solder joins methinks, or a blown pot) with the active electronics. Wanted to get some Bartolinis, but hadn't considered the EMGs. Good tips on these. I've been mostly a guitar player (the "other 6 string") and have only owned 4 or 5 basses in my life, all of them 4 strings. Do I need to use a pickup specifically designed for 6 string or will 5 string do it because the low end is the same? The EMG 40DC/40J are both designed for 5 strings, so just wanted to make sure. Also, JustForSport, when adding the fourth knob did you run into any physical constraints in the back? Was there enough space? Looks like it might be a bit crowded looking at the front side.
  14. PolyphonicDog


    Feb 11, 2015
    Oh, and any recommendations for hard shell cases for this? I got mine with a very oversized double gig bag.
  15. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    The EMG 40DC has rails inside that go all the way across, no gaps (works with 4, 5, or 6 strings), whereas the 40P5 is P style split inside and the gap between coils is off center. The 40P has the gap in the center, so is ok for 4 or 6 strings.
    Adding the extra pot was not a problem- the LED and switch are small on the inside, but as long as the terminals point the right direction, there's room. I did measure a few times before I drilled, tho.
    Another Hohner bass I came across has the same preamp in it, (and I think Cort/Korea put the same preamp in some Steinbergers as well), and it works well, lots of variation avail, has the trim pot to balance output between preamp on/off.
  16. Bruce


    Aug 12, 2004
    south carolina
    I know this is an old forum, but want to chime in on it, thank you.
    Just bought a nice B Bass VI, dark walnut, and pretty much like it in passive mode, but agree that in active mode the stock preamp is very limiting as to dynamics, and want to replace it.
    I have verified that the stock pickups are EMG active, and have 3 wires going into each. A signal hot, a signal/electronics ground and an electronics hot. With any preamp put into this bass will require a 0.330 uf film capacitor in series with the signal, as there is a small amount of DC on the signal wire.
    Not sure which aftermarket preamp I am going to use, but want to keep the option of a passive/active switch. The led lamp might be cool as a battery condition indicator also.
    Worried that the passive/active switch might make a nasty thump when activated.
    In the long run, might just leave bass stock, and play it passive using my amplifiers controls to get the tone I want.
    Otherwise, this is a fine bass, with great punch and clarity, in passive mode.
    Any preamp suggestion would be appreciated, Thank You, Bruce
  17. SakuBass

    SakuBass Lvl 50 Pixelpusher Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    Turenki, Finland
    I have a B bass VI from the nineties (I guess). Can anyone tell me where the serial number is hidden? And if anyone knows the history of this bass model, when it was in production and where I'd be very grateful for the info. It's a great sounding bass and the sustain is incredible.