Match for Bart b-axis In J/MM setup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ShawnG, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. ShawnG

    ShawnG Gold Supporting Member

    May 2, 2020
    Ft Worth, TX
    Wondering if anyone has used a Bart b-axis as their neck pickup in J/MM configured bass? If so, what MM pickup are you using? The Bart MMs are too polite, IMO, looking for something that will be a good tonal/even-output match for the b-axis.
    This will be going into an MTD Heir and I plan to drop in a 5-knob East Uni-Pre to run it. I’ve been considering keeping the MIK MM pickup that came with the bass (It’s a Bart design and should be an ok match for the b-axis), it isn’t bad, but I’m wondering if upgraded pre-amp will expose it’s shortcomings when paired up with the other components.
    Any assistance, experience or suggestions will be most appreciated!
  2. BassinCT

    BassinCT …still tuning… Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut, USA
    I have a 4-knob uni-pre and the ability to balance the levels may do the trick in this situation. I would keep the Bart MM with the East pre, and see how tweaking the individual levels work for you.

    If you want something with a different character, Nordstrand’s take on the MM is worth a try.