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Lakland 55-01 Pickup replacement options

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DWBass, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Just want to clarify what brands offer drop in replacements without and modifications.

    So far I know the Bartolini MK5 is a direct drop in replacement. I know some Nordstrands will fit but are they direct drop ins? No mods needed? Any other brands? Recommendations?
  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Yea, Nordstrand are drop ins. SGD's also make a bart sized pickup as well.
  3. Perytion


    Aug 14, 2012
    Portland, OR
    I'm pretty sure that all of these drop-in options will still require some drilling to accommodate a different screw pattern. The stock pickups have one screw on each side, whereas the Bart MK5 and the Nordstrands have 2 on one side and one on the other.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I have Bart MK5's in my 5501, which replaced Big Splits.

    The MK5's are phenomenal. Wire them up with a 3 way mini switch for inner/outer/series and you have unleashed the tone monster inside that was waiting to get out! The Big Splits are more 'in your face', much brighter, much higher output. All that was way too much for me. The MK5's are smoother, more jazz-like, with a nice crunch and burp on top, depending on whether you use the outer coils or inner coils. So it just depends on what you're after.

    Plan on replacing the preamp too, that makes a big difference. I use Audere, but Aguilar is equally nice.

    The screw holes thing is a non-issue.
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I've already replaced the pre with a US Bartolini 5.2AP. I'm leaning towards the MK5's. I'm a fan of full Bartolini installs. BBG is out of stock of the Neck pickups. Know of any other sellers?
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    My bad. BBG is out of the Neck P/U, not the Bridge. Both sites have the Bridge.
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    You could use the "T" in both positions if you wanted. It will just be a little brighter in the neck. They are labeled 'T' (treble) and 'B' (bass) instead of 'neck' or 'bridge'. Some bass companies actually use them backwards...T in the neck and B at the bridge to even it out.
  9. pedulla-2007


    Sep 2, 2008
    I think I am only TB member with EMG's in mine!
  10. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    CT, New England
    I went with the MK5's in my 5501 and am so glad I did because I love the tone. The extra high end would be too much for me as well on the big singles After reading mmbongo's post I'm curious about switching positions of the pups and putting in the three way switch. I saw that in the instructions for an on/off/on switch where the middle position is both coils on each pickup. Although I'm really happy with the standard wiring that is a great option to be able to use inner and outer coils. I hear the midrange is sick on the inners only!
  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I decided to go with Nordie Big Splits. If I don't like them, I can sell them. I actually ordered the Bart MK5's but they didn't have the neck pickups in stock anywhere. And Bartolini was dragging their feet in producing and I got tired of waiting for them so I cancelled and went Nordie.