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Looking to replace carvin pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ole Jason, Jul 8, 2003.


  1. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    I'm positve this has been discussed before but I couldn't seem to come up with any results, anyone wanna help? I'm thinking about changing the pickups in my lb76. What kind of difference in sound/output can I expect? What have you guys used to replace the stock p-ups? I'm really into the hi-fi modern tone if that helps.
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    well, in that case, go with EMG's. You will get some more output usually, unless you preamp limits them. EMG's are really even, and have a great hi-fi tone.
     
  3. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I put a pair of Bill Lawrence J-45L pickups in my LB76. I highly recommend them, especially for the money! They're a straight drop-in replacement.
     
  4. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    with the carvin humbucker would duncan musicman be a good replacement
     
  5. Chucko,
    I remember awhile ago you recommended the J45-L's to me when I mentioned replacing the stock Carvins in my LB76 as well. I checked out the website but it only says that they're available for 4 and 5 strings, how long ago did you get the J45-L. Also, did you install the pups yourself, was it easy?
     
  6. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    The J-45s are designed as "4 or 5 string" pickups. It just happens that they cover a wide enough area to handle a narrow 6 string bass like the Carvin LB76 or BB76.

    The J-45L version (3-3/4" long) is exactly the same size as the Carvin J99 or H50 pickups. It is a direct drop-in replacement.

    You will need to unsolder the old pickups and solder in the new ones, but if you are familiar with soldering, it's a very simple job. Note that the Carvin pickups are 2 wires plus shield, while the J-45s are 2 unshielded wires. This is not a big deal - you just ignore the place where the shield was connected.
     
  7. Do the unshielded wires create any buzz?
    How would you describe the sound of these pickups to the Carvins?
     
  8. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Bill Lawrence pups are very quiet. If I'm not mistaken, I even heard Chuck's bass with the BL pups the last time that we got together. Regardless, I had BL pups in a franken-jazz that I built last year and it was very quiet.
     
  9. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    One of these days I'm going to try some aftermarket p'ups in one of mine. Chucko praises the BL's, I'd like to see what they'd do for me.
     
  10. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    The Carvin control cavity is very well shielded. I do pick up a slight electrostatic buzz. But unless you're right next to a light dimmer or similar, they're fairly quiet.

    To my ears, the J-45s have a very "hi-fi" sound. I would say they're brighter than the J99s, but they still have a very solid low end response too.