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Replacement bridge pickup help - currently mini-humbucker

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by webmonster, Dec 10, 2018.


  1. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Hi all,
    I'm looking for a replacement bridge pickup for my reissue Jansen Beatmaster bass:
    beatbass%20vintage%20White-2000x1447.

    Using my vernier calipers the distance from E - G strings is 56mm (2.2") or between each string is 18.8mm (pretty much 3/4")

    So far I'm not having much luck finding a replacement mini-humbucker that fits those measurements.
    Any ideas and suggestions gratefully accepted!
     
  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Are you referring to the physical dimensions, or the polepiece spacing? If the latter, it’s not that critical. The magnetic field extends much further than the visual polepieces.
     
  3. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    The existing bridge pickup needed the E and G pole pieces wound up a lot to try and even out the response and wasn't completely successful. Pole piece centres between E and G measure 50 mm (1.97").
    So... it sounds like I'll experience some success if I can find a pickup with slightly wider spacing even if the strings are a bit wider spaced again.
     
  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    No other opinions huh? I was waiting a bit for others to chime in...

    I’m not sure
    • What’s available to you in NZ,
    • What your budget is, and
    • What kind of tone you’re looking for?
     
  5. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    You can see free m the pic that the E and G are at the outer limits of that pup; pretty wide spacing for a narrow pup. Usually see them on shortscales and Gibsons with narrow string spacing.

    Take the pup off and measure the route dimensions and see what you can find that might fit in there and is wider. Ibanez makes some wide metal case buckers used on Artcore basses; you might be able to find some takeoffs for sale if you post in TB classifieds. Or maybe find some sopabars that may fit.

    Edit: take a look. Ibanez IVZ4B Bass Pickup 3PU12C0002
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2018
  6. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Thanks for the replies - much appreciated!
    Existing routing is
    35.6mm wide
    74.7mm tall
    91mm tall across the widest points
    20mm deep

    2018-12-20 10.11.01.

    I am not limited to looking in NZ - there is not much available here.
    Budget... Would prefer not to spend more that US $100.

    Tonal goals - something to add more clarity when mixed with front pickup.

    If it helps - I have a rickenbacker 4001 with cap still in place for bridge pickup; I like the way these pickups interact, but I'm not 100% married to that idea for this bass.
     
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  7. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
  8. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    This looks promising!
    The bass this pickup is fitted to has:
    Width at nut: 42mm
    Width at last fret: 63mm (22 frets )

    My Jansen Beatmaster bass:
    Width at nut: 43mm
    Width at last fret: 61mm (20 frets )

    So the string spacings at the bridge for both basses looks to be very similar.
     
  9. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Looks interesting... and sold out!
    I can't find any info re: Width of pickup or pole piece spacings.
     

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