Pickups and electronics for a custom bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Leftybass12, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Leftybass12


    Nov 14, 2008
    I am in the process of building a custom 5 string fretless bass. Since I am new to this what electronics and pickups is a good choice? I've only checked out bartolini pickups right now. Also, if it helps at all I am using mahagoney wood for the body, bubinga for the neck, and possibly indian or brazillian rosewood.
  2. Ask yourself what kind of bass tone you like. If you like the sound of a Jazz bass, get Jazz bass pickups, for example. That would be the most common choice for a fretless bass. Or maybe a Precision is your thing, or a Music Man Stingray, or double-humbucker, etc. It really is endless. Think about tones from music you like, then research the type of bass used.
  3. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    What kind of tone are you after?

    Gary Willis?
    Mick Karn?
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Mick Karn! :bassist:

    Forget the Jaco tone unless you also get an Acoustic 360 rig. :D
  5. d_buzz


    Jul 27, 2009
    Aero Jazz bass or music man would be perfect for your custom bass if you like its sound acoustically.

    Best of luck!