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P pick up + Rick neck toaster on rickenfaker

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Basiroti, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Basiroti


    Jan 9, 2018
    Hey all

    I'm about to get my hands on this rickenfaker bodymaple neck through basswood body build

    I love my 90s Am Standard P, sounds great picked, and through overdrive it almost does a Ricky tone. It's low-end packs a ton of wallop which compete with my Drum machines.

    I need a bass to make post-punk/drum machine-y type music with, and the thump of my kicks are around 90-100Hz.

    Was thinking of setting the P pickup sit relative to a Fender P, since it sounds so sick on my Am standard P I'm trying to (futilely) bottle that lightning.
    Then I was thinking of adding a Ricky neck toaster and a blend.

    I want something w/ the low-mid of my PBass + Ricky treble.

    Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree though?

    Maybe if I want low mids + treble I should be using other pickup configs all together? There's something so perf about an aggressively picked Pbass that I want to preserve, but I want it to cut my mixes w/ less effort and effects.
    I absolutely have to be able to get a Fascination Street by the Cure type tone, that's basically my ideal tone.

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  2. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    Stu Cook did it, so it can be done!


    The only problem I can imagine is any issue with impedance or phase mismatching. However you are simply pairing a P pickup with a single coil, which is what a PJ pickup set is!

    Second thought, but I would expect the opposite results from your setup. The Rickenbacker pickup in the neck position should provide a more solid low-mid response than the P pickup, and the P pickup should provide the treble bark. You could even add a switchable vintage/modern setting like new Rickenbacker basses have.
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  3. Basiroti


    Jan 9, 2018
    Haha, can you wire the P splitcoils so you only get one half of them (rendering it a single coil) and have a blend nob that could treat the neck toaster, and both halves of the P as 3 pickups?

    EDIT: The intention is for more of a bass that can cut so I've been thinking of Delano PMVC 4 FE/M2
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018

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