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humbuckers on a Fender

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by basshag, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. basshag


    Oct 17, 2001
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Hi Watt,

    I've been playing old t-birds for a couple of years and love the tone I'm getting from the humbuckers - kinda deeper sounding than other pickups. Since the 'birds are so delicate, and I prefer a fatter neck anyway, I'm tossing around the idea of getting a beatup Fender Tele or P-Bass and putting some humbuckers in that. I seen to remeber that you had a bass for awhile with that kind of configuration. What was your experience doing that - any drawbacks? Also, are there any other pickups that you've run across that have a similar deep tone - old t-bird pickups have been a bitch to find recently. I'm not a fan of active pickups - I'd prefer to stay with a passive solution.
  2. watt

    watt the man in the van w/a bass in his hand Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2001
    san pedro, california

    I think you're talking about this bass:


    right? I dig it much. don't know what the drawbacks are except for the fact in no longer sounds like a '56 fender p-bass! it does have a t-bird sort of sound but not entirely, seeing how the woods are different and a bolt neck verses a glued on one. also much different are the bridges. anyway, another thing to consider is the pickup placement - put them in proportionately the same as the t-bird (distance relative to the bridge, accounting for any differences in neck scale length).

    bartolini has a t-bird pickup here (look down the page):


    it is hard finding t-bird pickups but what's much easier to find are the humbuckers on stingrays. duncan makes one:


    bartolini has them too. they also have a great site w/lots of infos, check this page out:


    good luck to you!

    on bass, watt


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