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Ideas for single pickup bass build

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kink Rimson, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. I'm planning to put together a bass with a friend of mine - my first bass build! Luckily he has a lot more experience than me...
    Anyway, after much planning I have decided it will have just the one pickup, but I'm at a bit of a loss what to choose. The bass will probably be passive (although I'm toying with the idea of fitting a John East P-retro just for the hell of it). Now I do love the classic P tone but I'm after something a little different, but still something that can grunt and growl with plenty of top.
    The position of the pickup will either be in the P position or the Aria SB position, a little further back.
    Any suggestions or ideas? I'm just trying to find out what sort of things are out there that would suit such an application.
  2. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    I'm just collecting bits to make a single pup bass with a P-retro. The pup will be going in the Ric bridge pup position
  3. I've been using DiMarzio BC-2s on my shortscales. They're very punchy and powerful through the whole range.
  4. The best bass I've ever personally played was a vintage, single pickup Thunderbird, so if you can afford it, I'd definitely look into Thunderbird pickups, like Lollars or Thunderbuckers.
  5. I think that's about the same placement as on the Aria SBs. Could be good for maximising the clank! :bassist:
  6. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    I'm in the middle of this.Chi in the opprox P position.

  7. xk49w

    xk49w Supporting Member

    Include a Darkstar in your search. There are said to be some very good reproductions now being made of what was itself a reproduction.
  8. sketch


    Oct 16, 2013
    Tacoma, WA, USA
    Short scale Decade?
  9. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    I've been thinking about a future build with a single Rio Grande Pitbull in a Stingray position. Worth a thought.
  10. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    A 32" or 30" warmoth ss neck.I'll try both and decide.
  11. There's a chap over here in England that makes his own replicas...


    I've always been drawn to these pickups but have never tried one. The Youtube clips sound very clear and clean - not the sort of grunt I was hoping for from them.
  12. Jungy


    Jun 9, 2011
    I think a Thunderbird pickup in P-position would be sweet.
  13. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    A friend had the body template so there could be a few of these coming. .I like that decade body style and will try some variations on this theme.
  14. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    big +1, maybe a little further south than P position