Mid 70s Telecaster Bass Pickup questions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by E S Anderson, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. E S Anderson

    E S Anderson

    Dec 26, 2016
    Los Angeles
    So, I have a beast's beast. A helluva Telecaster bass with a big ol mudbucker pickup. I swear the thing used to sound entirely different than it does now, I remember it having so much output that my LA-610 could barely handle the output from it. But now, in comparison to my MIJ Mustang, it sounds incredibly midrange-y. I don't dislike the sound but I'd love to find out if it's performing like it should. Any suggestions?

    Also, has anyone ever replaced this mighty chrome monster with a thunderous Guild Bi-Sonic? How would these two kings of the nighttime world compare?


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  2. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I had one years ago and mine had a lot of output too, with it right against the neck it should be all bottom. I would think that the Guild would probably be more clear with better top end.
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  3. The Tele and Bi-Sonic are apples to oranges. The Tele is a split coil that is like a super P bass pickup on steroids. A humbucker, but different from what you'd see in a Gibson EB-0 for example, design-wise. The Bi-Sonic is a single coil...a VERY big single coil. They both cover a lot of ground sonically, but are two different beasts that have to be taken on their own merits.
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  4. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    If you're going to replace it with anything, hunt down a no longer made Hammon Darkstar. Hard to find and expensive when you do find one (they run around $300) but worth it IMO.

    That said, the much easier and less expensive to get Bi-Sonic is no slouch either. Neither that nor the Dark star will sound like what you've got in there - or what you remember hearing. But the Guild pup is pretty awesome sounding as well.

    You might need the magnets in the Fender pickup re-magnetized. Your memory isn't faulty. Those old Tele basses were total dragons and thunder when you played them. They had a thick and powerful output. Mot overly subtle. But if you needed to put a bass wave out there (especially in an open air venue), the Tele was the tool to do it.
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  5. E S Anderson

    E S Anderson

    Dec 26, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Yeah I'm going to take it in. Ideally I can get it back to original spec. If not, I saw some pretty dope custom pups over Curtis Novak. Like this attached monster! Would love to know how this sounds!

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  6. edcars


    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    i know this is a year old but did you end up getting this monstrous pickup?
  7. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    That looks like there cigar box pickups together. I'm looking at this for my EUB build, if I can work out where the coil pickup wires are so I can trim the width. It would be interesting to know how that one sounds. Almost tempting to further Franken my Frankenstein jazz with it....