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Pups for narrow spaced 5er

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GeoffByrne, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Having tried a few different makes & sizes, I've decided that my Hohner B Bass V suits my small hands - I have it set up perfectly for me.


    The electrics leave a lot to be desired.

    I've just acquired & am in the process of fitting a John East U-Retro pre in place of the 2-band and I'm turning my attention to the pickups.

    These are EMG Selects - perhaps not the best around.

    I've measured them and the neck's around 91/92mm and the bridge is about 94/5 which I see from the Bartolini site is the same size as their 4 stringers, and also a set of 5 string pups (59J1 set)

    I think I probably want a blade-type pup as the Hohner has quite narrow string-spacing at the bridge.

    What would you guys recommend both in the way of rail-types and those with poles? And for those of you who've done this, how the pups work with a U-Retro?

  2. kyral210


    Sep 14, 2007
    Well, rails are universal! Poles are great, but they are best when they fall directly under the strings. If your bass has very unique spacing, then a rail will guarantee the optimum placement.

    I see the Hohner B Bass V has soapbar pickups, so here is my recomendation:

    Seymour Duncan/ Basslines SSB-4 Set:


    "The full-length dual blades accommodate maximum string spacings up to 2.70" (68.5mm) for the four-string model and up to 3.10" (78.5mm) for the five-string model"

    I have a set of these in my Thunderbird (gothic) and they rock! Here is a link to the tests I ran on youTube:


    I hope this has helped you.
  3. I'm afraid my B Bass V has J pups:


    So which brands/makes are blades?

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