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Maybe found a decent Gibson mudbucker replacement?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lunarpollen, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. It's made by Artec
    The model # is EBC4-CR


    It certainly looks like a mudbucker.... I'm not sure with how it compares with the stock pickup in my reissue Epiphone Rivoli, but here are the stats:

    - Cover: Chrome
    - Pole Piece: Adjustable Screw
    - Bobbin: Plastic
    - Cable: 1 Conductor with shield
    - Magnet: Ceramic
    - Output Resistance: 29.7 K

    - 53.5mm x 89.5mm x 32mm
    - Measurements between mounting screw holes: 37.5mm x 74mm
    - Pole spacing(from 1st-4th): 51.5mm

    If anyone can offer their opinions I'd be grateful. Isn't the output resistance on the Epiphone reissue humbucker something like 8.0? I'm not sure what the 1960's-vintage Gibson pickups put out. I don't know how output resistance ratings work or what they mean, or what's weaker/stronger, or what's typical.... It is an area I am ignorant about...
  2. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Early 1970's vintage EB pickup(now installed as a replacement in a very happy fellow's 1960's EB3). Meter is on the "K" ohm scale.


    HUGE readings due to a zillion miles of wire wrapped on 'em.
  3. So I'm guessing 29.7 K is a comparable happy reading??

    Or am I just drunk?
  4. teej

    teej Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
  5. My guess is that the one that Bass Parts Resource sells is the same one that AllParts sells


    ...which I heard is the same as the stock reissue Epiphone pickup

    The Artec pickup is being sold on eBay as "Artec Custom Hot 4 String Bass Pickup 30K Ohms Chrome" and for $21.99 + $9.00 shipping. I think I'm gonna purchase one right now. It can't be any worse than the stock pickup, which is horribly microphonic and very weak...
  6. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    I forget how much it cost, but I put a DiMarzio Model One in my Rivoli. BIG improvement. Very punchy & warm.
  7. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX
    I had a bouple of Ebo's a while ago. I kept playing with the idea that the mudbucker was big enough that I could probably fit a mustang or p bass pickup right underneath the crome cover, making it look stock. I did put a guitar humbucker in there while experimenting, but I sold my eb's (all three 3 of them!) before I could actually buy the mustang pup and continue with the experiment.
  8. If they made them in chrome I'd consider putting one in. I just really don't like the graphite brick look.
  9. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas

    There ARE many of us here with what's called CHROMITIS.

    We will avoid the dark side and even replace black or plastic with shiny metal. I've had the disease for decades since owning a 1969 Honda that got extensive CHROME work done to the engine parts.

    CHROME: It's what's for PUNCH!

    Back on topic:
    That would be a healthy reading.
    Are you still DURNKED from last night?

    With a reading like that and a price like that it's making me want to turn the SX P/J into a Billy Sheehan mobile(that means put an EB pickup in a Fender-ish bass near the neck).

    After looking at those, at least one is going to live in south Texas for a while.
    Might have to get another SX to whittle on though 'cause the white P/J here is too purty.
  10. Haha yes chrome is a holy substance; I wish it was more commonplace nowadays

    I really hope this pickup will be the old-school monster it appears to be

    P.S. I'm not drunk anymore, but very hungover right now, so I'm going to go to the only real old-school diner around here and get something fried with gravy. Probably breaded pork loin.
  11. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    29k7 and 31k8 are within a few percent. They are both etremely overwound pickups and will likely sound similat.

    Most BG pickups are in the sub 10k bracket.
  12. 2_tone


    Dec 24, 2007
    Do any of you know where i can get the chrome cover for a mudbuck? I've got the allparts pickup, but i can't find the cover and they don't sell them.
  13. If the pickup I ordered on eBay comes with a cover, I'll send you the one from my old one
  14. 2_tone


    Dec 24, 2007
    Sweet. let me know when you get it.
  15. 2hip2b4real


    Aug 23, 2003
    I emailed Artec to see weather it's an exact replacement or if it's designed to sound different than the OEM PU. I notice that they make the same model with AINiCo5 magnets.
  16. Judging from the output resistance numbers they give for the different pickups, it looks like this is a special hot version of the pickup. It definitely looks different underneath compared with the stock pickup in my Rivoli...
  17. contrabassie


    Mar 11, 2003
    Keep us informed about the Artec pickup. I'm also looking for a nice replacement in a rivoli bass.
  18. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    I had a '72 EB-2, and then around the same time I found a New Old Stock Mudbucker in a music store. It must have been slightly newer because it was a bit clearer sounding.

    I put the NOS pickup in my Ric at the neck position, but it was still way muddy, so I rewound the coils to 5K (I actually unwound them), so the whole thing is 10K in series. Then I hooked it up to 4 conductor cabling and added two more ceramic magnets.

    It retained the basic tone of the pickup, but was brighter with a more open top end, sort of like a P bass.

    The Mudbucer is essentially the same design as a Ripper pickup, just with a ton of wire wound of it to make it very bassy.

    So rewinding them is an option.
  19. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    For me the ideal would be a single coil like the "Original" EB basses had ...

    Here is a photo of Jack Bruce at the Cream reunion in 2005 playing a newer (circa 1968) EB-1 with the older "Non Mudbucker" retro fitted into it.


    Being a big JB fan I wanted a bass with that kinda look but a 34" scale and some other updates ... in the end I just had one made.


    The Dark Star is a great pickup and a single coil design like the original brown Gibson, but NOT an exact fit. Anyone seen or heard of a single coil that is an exact re-fit? I have a new Epiphone EB-3 and would like to replace the stock pickup and retain the look and do it cheaper than the DS at $200.00 each

    :) ... Might consider the Allparts/Artec pickup version too.
  20. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006