Options for pickups converting 4 string to 5 string using the same cavities?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JohnArnson, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    I ponder on turning my 4 string Ibanez Mikro bass into a 5 string with tight 15,2 mm (0.59") string spacing tuned E-A-D-G-C, so I need something like a 4 string P/J pickup set utilizing blades to cover all the strings.

    What are my options and what will get me closest to the EMG Geezer Butler set I have installed now?

    Reason I just don't buy a 5 string Mikro is partly that I want the tighter string spacing and more narrow fretboard, partly that I really like the P/J pickups configuration.
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I would see how your current pickups perform before buying something new. The five strings won’t line up nicely over the pole pieces, but they will probably sound just fine.
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  3. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    Thank you for your answer.

    I did ponder if this could be the case, I mean the poles doesn't even line up as it is now, and it still sounds great.

    Now I just wonder if I should really just buy a 5 string Mikro, live with the double J pickups and the wider string space and broader fretboard, since I worry that 5 strings might be get a bit cramped on the first couple of frets with a just 38 mm (1.5") nut and using 105 gauge strings, which I need to get proper tension on the short scale?

    Guess this would be a question for a different forum really, and I guess a bit individually too, but like to know if anyone has experience with 5 string basses having such a narrow nut?
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2019
  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    @Ric5 might have some insight…
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  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
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