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Ray34 Pickup/Preamp Replacement: Suggestions/Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BassAndReeds, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Hi TB,

    I'm looking to start my first Pickup/Preamp replacement. My first bass, the Ray34, is going to be lucky recipient. I'm looking for a Pickup and Preamp to fit.

    Pickup (single H pickup at the bridge):
    I'm pretty much set on the Nordstrad mm4.2, but if something sounds as good for 1/2 the price, I'd be open to suggestion

    Onboard Preamp (4 knobs, currently V/T/M/B, no stacks, I don't believe it has push/pull on the V but not sure right now):
    This is what's hanging me up. Which Bartolini Preamp would work with this configuration? Any other maker suggestions?

  2. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Currently looking at the Bartolini NTMB-F. I think that will probably do it.

    Any suggestions or advice are still appreciated.
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    If you like authentic Stingray goodness and you don't want to spring for John East electronics, I suggest the Mojotone Clone preamp. For pickups, Nordstrand and Delano make amazing 70's spec MM pickups and are worth the $$.
    Iofflight and 4StringTheorist like this.
  4. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Thanks. I'm not really looking for a specific tone in general. Truthfully, I don't know what the "authentic" Stingray tone is to know if I like it or not. But I'll look into this.
  5. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Nordstrand MM pickup and preamp
  6. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    I'm a Bart guy through and through. But here's a killer combo to consider as I have played on a bass that had this combo. A Nordy Big Man Pup with an Aggie OBP3. Yup works great in any "Rayish" Bass.
    Iofflight likes this.
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