Need help with guitar-sized humbuckers

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Nov 6, 2001.

  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I have a pair of Steinberger Spirit XT-2 basses - one fretted, and one that I defretted. The stock EMG Selects aren't exactly what I want.

    I have a pair of EMG-HBs I just picked up used from a fellow TB'er (I had a pair of new ones on order for months, and the dealer finally gave up). I THINK I'm going to put them in the fretted bass.

    I can either keep looking for two more for the fretless, or I can find something different. EMGs would work nicely on the fretless, too - but I'm open to other ideas, both passive and active.

    I've identified that DiMarzio makes two pickups of the appropriate size - the BP120 and BP145. I understand the BP120 is intended for use in the neck position, and the BP145 in the bridge. Can anyone comment about these pickups, and whether you think they're suitable for fretless?

    Also, I've read that Barts are available in this size, but their website appears to be down. Can anyone tell me if they do in fact make small HBs?

    What else is out there? First hand experiences very welcome!

    Thanks, all!
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Rio Grande makes one called the Pitbull. Kinda cool looking in chrome, and available in other colors, too. The only pickup of this size I've tried is the EMG-HB, which is pretty good. Internally, it's like a P-pickup, so it won't sound the same as a regular dual-coil humbucker.
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    F/W, you are correct sir! :) ...


    DiMarzio still makes the "X2NB" - ridiculously big blade
    polepieces and high output (the gee-tar version is
    rated at 510mV)...


    Outta' left field then is the Linear "Radiance" series.
    Plug-and-play different "Bullets" for a custom tone...

  4. I wondered about putting the guitar version of one of these (X2N) in my spirit 5, I'm assuming it would fit the bass without any routing....

    Other pups i'm considering are Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimebucker or Bill Lawrence L-500XL
  5. Rvl


    Dec 23, 2003
    Aomori Japan
    I sent email to Lawrence and never recieved an answer if the L500 would work with bass
  6. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    I think the Q-tuner guitar humbucker might fit & work as well. Doing something with my XZ-2db is on the "someday" list.
  7. I like the look of those :D