Music Man pickup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by infrared72, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. infrared72

    infrared72 Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    I really love the sound of the music man style humbucking pickup. I had an OLP that I sold last year, but I kinda miss the rock sound of that pickup. OLP's are cool, but they seem to be pretty subjective - some better or worse than others.

    I have looked at the ESP/LTD Surveyor basses, but what other basses are out there that I may not be aware of with that Music man style pickup? Probably I'm looking at below $750 in terms of price - if I had more to spend, I'd probably just get a Lakland 44-02.

  2. Rogatywka


    Nov 27, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Take a look at the Ibanez ATK series. The ATK has a single triple-coil pickup with a selector switch. It's not exactly an MM style pickup, but with a bit of EQing it does a very passable imitation.

    Also, the neck is pretty thick, even thicker than a Stingray. All models in the series are within your price range (the highest end model runs at $700, I believe).
  3. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    MTD makes a pretty nice bass with the MM configuration.
  4. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    ibanez also makes an srx2ex1 with 2 pickups very similar to mm pickups. they are about 350 new

    washburn rb2000 has a mm pickup, they run about 400 or so when you can find them
  5. ciubz


    Jan 30, 2005
    i recomend Lakland skyline 5502 only if u're ok with the 35' scale, find a older model with bartolini pickups and preamp.
    Also a great MM style bass is Ibanez RDgr(roadgear) they discontinued the model for some reason, but these basses are great. The higher the series the better, because they had bass-lines pickups instaled. both basses are MM/J, active 3 band with coil tap switch
  6. Jazzbassman23


    Apr 20, 2000
    Why not just get a used Stingray. I've seen them in the $750 range. If you look, you might be surprised. Don't overlook the Sterling.
  7. There's actually a small difference in the sounds of the three MM pickups... the sterling and the Stingray 5 are more or less identical. For "authentic" stingray tone you really have to look at a plain USA-Made 4-string stingray... That little extra "clack" the pickup makes is what "classifies" the "Music Man" bass sound!

    You could probably order a MM bass pickup and electronics from Ernie Ball and stick it into whatever 4 string you pick, as long as the pickup cavity can be shaped to accept it.

    I didn't find Bartolini MMs to sound quite the same - it's more a case of having the Bartolini sound in a bass that would normally take the MM pickup!

    You should have hung onto that OLP - looks like it'll become a rarity now that OLPs contract with Ernie Ball has expired and it appears it wont be renewed! So OLP will kinda disappear...
  8. EBMM won't sell pickups and preamps unless it is for an existing EBMM bass. Necks too.
  9. Nordstrand and Delano both make a MM style pickup. Haven't heard how close they are to the actual MM pickup.
  10. Just recently tried out a new double buck OLP with actives. Floored me. Played through an Eden amp I honestly thought it out-performed the equivalent MusicMan. You might want to give OLP a second chance, and at under $400 you can't really go wrong.
  11. Lemoore-on


    May 11, 2008
    Carvin also makes a MM style pick up. I'm building a B4 kit right now that has a J/MM configuration.
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Plenty of Corts have them, Trabens, Warwicks, you have millions of options for that type of pickup. :)
  13. 2lim


    Feb 25, 2007
    Why not buy an MM SUB? They ARE a music man, and are in your price range.

  14. Nothing sounds like a StingRay but a StingRay. Why get an immitation when you can get the real thing?
  15. Jazzbassman23


    Apr 20, 2000
    To echo what has been said, EBMM will definitely NOT sell you a pickup. Believe me I've tried most of the other MM pickups on the market, and NONE of them sounds even remotely like a Stingray.
  16. Did you use the same placement and/or a similar pre-amp?
  17. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England
    u cud try the warwick double buck my friend, they about 600 i think