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Ray35 CA replacement pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by gregouille23, Dec 8, 2017.


  1. Hi there,

    I am considering changing the pickups in my Ray 35 CA. I like the tone of the bass but I am looking for more clarity and punch. The problem is the dimensions of the replacement pickup. I think that the one from the CA version is smaller than the regular ray35, but I could be mistaken.

    I was looking at Aguilar, SD and Nordstrand but they all seem to have different dimensions, none of which seem to match the stock pickup on my Ray35 CA.

    Did someone around here already swap the Ray35 ca pickups? Any info/experience is welcome! :)
     
  2. No love for the Ray35 CA? :D
     
  3. jlt5x

    jlt5x Supporting Member

    May 8, 2007
    chicagoland
    I love it - but I love the sr sound. Sorry
     
  4. Well I like the Stingray sound as well, that's the point :) I just want to give it more punch with a new pickup. It seems the Nordstrand MM 5.2 narrow could do the trick, but I could not find the dimensions online to make sure.
     
  5. There are a couple different 5-string MM pickup covers around, simply because there was never a “standard” 5-string pickup like there is for the 4-string.
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    There is the 5-string pickup with the “ears” just like the 4-string, and then there is the one shaped like a Soap-bar
    BBG-2145.jpg

    And EBMM, came out with one that has the ears, but the side with two screws has one large “ear”
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    EBMM seems to use the both the ones in the HH above (single large “ear”) and the soap-bar shaped pickup (below) ...don’t know why they don’t use just one or the other
    1354115566_music_man_stingray_5_sunburst_22.jpg

    Whichever one you have, if you can get a replacement, it will have a standard case size.
    No aftermarket pickups that I know of have the large ear with two screw holes, only the rectangle and dual-ear versions are available. But I think that if you have a pickup with the one large ear, you can fit a dual-ear pickup in there, but have to deal with a tiny opening between the ears.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2017
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  6. Also, you might just be able to reuse the pickup cover while replacing the coils. Have you ever removed the pickup? Is the cover removable or is it all epoxied together?
     
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  7. Thanks a lot for the good info. I've never removed the pickup no. I measured the space between the screws from one "ear" to the other and I get something like 4,1 inches which matches the measurements of the SD SMD-5A/D pickup. The Aguilar and Nordstrand appear to be bigger...
     
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  8. Many manufacturers give dimensions
    SD rectangle:
    https://www.seymourduncan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SMB-5A.pdf

    One with dual “ears”:
    http://www.delano.de/uploads/tx_smtdelano/mc5_6_long_2pages_01.pdf
    ***Note that Delano makes both styles...!!!
     
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