Indie Swamp 4, GR8 Soapbars

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Torque, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Torque


    Jul 23, 2011
    Okay, I really like the comfort and feel of this bass.

    I've only ever switched out pickups on guitars before, and even then it was always like-pickups. Single coils to singles, etc.

    If I wanted to change the pickups in this bass without any routing, what options do I have? Do I measure the covers and hope that makers install their coils inside the same shapes? I understand the preamp will be the biggest thing shaping the tone. Do preamps have to be matched with pickups? If I get a bartolini preamp does that mean I need their pickups as well?

    What else is there to look out for? Thanks
  2. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    The pickups look like regular EMG-35 size pickups. Most pickup makers make theirs in this format.

    As for the preamp, you can mix and match preamps of one manufacturer with pickups of others in 99% of the cases. You could, for instance, use SGD pickups with an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp, or Nordstrand pickups with an East J-retro preamp. The only question is whether you'll like the tone of it and there's no definitive answer simply because there are so many combinations. I hope someone with a similar bass to yours will chime in.
  3. Torque


    Jul 23, 2011
    Thank you very much for the insight so far!! I was hoping it was a generic shell that would be pretty easy to find aftermarket things that would be drop-ins.

    I will do some further research on that shape of EMG pickup, thanks again Stealth.

    Edit: I just measured, they are definitely 3.5" or 89mm. Thanks!