MTD Kingston Z5 Puckup Change

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by XtromatriX, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. XtromatriX


    Dec 18, 2004
    I'm looking to change out the stock pickups in my MTD Z5 5 string bass. are there any pickups that fit this bass already without any cutting or hole drilling? I hope to get something high output and really punchy for a good slap sound, also not to noisy. I'm also going to change the preamp... Any suggestions on pups and good preamp combinations? Thanks!
  2. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit
    I would start with changing the preamp, especially since the pickups in the KZ are split humbuckers. I put a Bartolini NTMB in my active Heir and it made a world of difference.
  3. Nordstrand soapbars will fit, as will the Bartolinis. The Bart preamp is a popular choice, as is Aguilar and Glockenklang.
  4. Fitobass


    May 6, 2004
    Rincon, PR
    MTD Kingston - Bassist
    Any major sonic difference between this 3 preamps?
    I'm looking for a warmer/woody sound
  5. Describing tone in words is haphazard at best. I would say the pickups are going to make more of a difference than the preamp which really only accentuates the properties of the pickups themselves. I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.
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