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new pickup for olp bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bigBbass451, Apr 9, 2004.


  1. bigBbass451

    bigBbass451

    Apr 9, 2004
    I've got a music man knock off bye olp. the model is the mm3. This bass is the cheaper model of a 5 string stingray. I have discoverred that the pickup that comes with it is not very good. when you hit the lower strings like the b and e, it sounds muddy. very muddy. I was just wonderring if anyone had any suggestions for a replacement pickup. thanks everyone!!!! :bassist: rock on
     
  2. KenToby

    KenToby

    Aug 15, 2002
    BigbBass, see my big post from a few months ago on this same subject; in a nut shell I believe I have duplicated the Stingray tone on my OLP without having to spend a tone of money. I'll try to give a short description:
    I have 2 OLP 4 strings, one with a Seymour Duncan replacement pickup and one with the stock pickup. In a side by side "taste test" I'm not hearing a huge difference between the 2 pickups. Remember, the OLP's are passive instruments while the Stingrays are active, my suggestion is to do as I have - save your money and invest in a NICE outboard preamp like a Fodera 2000, Aguilar or Sadowsky to boost the signal and allow you to shape the tone. Spend a bit more and swap the bridge out as well.
     
  3. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    My suggestion is this -

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    :D <3

    i've heard the bigest problem with the OLPs are the electronics. I've heard one with upgraded electronics and it sounded great, but I just went for the whole deal. I got it for ~100 dollars off eBay.
     
  4. ms747

    ms747

    Aug 10, 2001
    Australia
    hey i have the same bass i agree the stock electronics are cheap and muddy, ive repalced them with the seymour duan set up alnico pickup and music man stc-3m3 tone circuit and im over the moon with it
    pm if u want any more information
    cheers
    matt
     
  5. I've got mine wired with Bartolini electronics (MMC+NTBT).
    Anyone find a replacemnt bridge that works well?

    Anyone have any shots of the pickup height/string height at the pickup for comparison?
    I find my pickup seems to visually be lower/deeper in the bass when compared to actual stingrays.

    beav2k2 your stacked knob looks like its on steroids! :p
     
  6. Bassman1928

    Bassman1928

    May 24, 2004

    Are they seymour duncan pickups?


    Where did you get that pickguard???!



    :D



    -BM
     
  7. Corwin81

    Corwin81

    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    is it possible to put a NTMB and battery(without routing a cavity) inside a OLP MM3?
     
  8. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    No way! There's only enough room for the pots that are in there.
     
  9. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Yeah, they're Duncans and I had the pickguard made from some aluminum from Lowes and just scraped it up. I don't reccomed it. You have to rescratch it every month due to oxidation.


    I'm also looking for a good bridge that keeps the MM look.
     
  10. Wayner

    Wayner

    May 7, 2004
    Maryland, USA
    My second bass is an OLP MM2 with Rotosound strings, and I play it through a Sadowsky outboard. I think it gets the sound I'm looking for. For my needs, replacement pickup = big waste of time.

    Someone else posted here asking about pickup/string height -- it all depends on what kind of style you play, dude. I spent a lot of time fiddling around with my action and string/pu height, and I know where to adjust it depending on what tone I want to get. I think the MM2 can get a decent finger style and a nice slap tone, just not at the same time.
     
  11. thunderstorm

    thunderstorm

    Dec 16, 2012
    Hamden Ct
    So any input after use of mods for a while ...best pick up upgrade and what bridge is popular upgrade
    Tks guys and gals