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Horseshoe pickup on a P Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BeeTL, Aug 11, 2012.


  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Would the Lollar horseshoe give the Ric tone people look for if it was installed on a P bass body in the traditional location?

    I'm thinking a "budget hybrid" P with a Lollar horseshoe would be pretty cool: no pickguard, metal control plates, a basic "hot rod" model.

    Kind of like this:

    IMG_2290.

    ...with this instead of the Darkstar:

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    Good idea?
     
  2. CnB77

    CnB77

    Jan 7, 2011
    NJ
    "the" rick tone?

    Eh, rics have a slightly different scale length, but pickup placement is important too. You'd probably get something close to what you want, can't say if it'd be worth doing.
     
  3. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    It would be cool and unique. The bridge pickup is the biggest part of the Ric tone IMO. I know Jason makes some excellent pickups, but I have no experience with his horseshoe replica. Good idea? I think so, but you are the final judge. If you end up not liking the results, I don't think you'd have a hard time finding someone else who would. That's a pretty nifty Lakland btw...!
     
  4. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I'll have to price it out, but I think I'll have to give this one a go.

    I'm guessing SOMEONE would want it.

    :)
     
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    rhos38sm.
     
  6. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    There's a lot going on right there!
     
  7. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    I'll be the bad guy.

    Nope.

    A Ric is a Ric is a Ric. The maple body, the neck-through contruction, the dual truss rods, the bridge, etc., etc., all play a significant part.
     
  8. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    To your point, an actual horseshoe pickup on a Ric is a rarity to begin with.

    So what we would have is a horse(shoe) of a different color.

    horse2.
     
  9. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Moderately off-topic, here's a bass with a P pickup and a Charlie Christian type pickup made by Jason Lollar:



    He seems willing to make pickups for weird uses like this, so why not try a horseshoe in a P?
     
  10. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    You can but Re-Issue Horseshoe pickups from Ric, the 'shoes' are no longer the magnet as was for the originals. Or buy a Lollar pickup, or an original one on eBay if you can find one. However, the OP wanted Ric Tone, and it is created by much more than the pickup.
     
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I have one! :cool:
     
  12. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Pics?

    I'm not sure I've ever seen an original.
     
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I used to have it in a Jetglo 4003 but currently it is in my 4001V63.
     
  14. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Very nice!
     
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Thanks. :cool:

    I also have the .0047µF cap in line with the HS PU for that authentic '60s tone. :cool:
     
  16. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    P bass string spacing and Ric spacing may not be the same. Have you checked the polepieces to see if they line up with the strings properly?
     
  17. recreate.me

    recreate.me

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ontario
    So grab a P-bass with a maple body, swap out the pickup, and the bridge and the electronics... Seems like a lot of work to get a bass that sounds close to a ric, might as well just get a real one.
     

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