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Replacement passive mini-humbuckers?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Oct 4, 2002.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I decided to splurge on a MusicYo XZ-2 for a "take away" bass instead of a Cort Curbow (for now, anyway ;) ):

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    (Like this one, but in "HoneyBurst", which is a very mild amber burst)

    I would like to upgrade the pickups to something special, but passive. The EMG Selects aren't bad, but they probably aren't what I want for this project, either. (I have EMG Selects in other basses.)

    What's out there in mini-humbuckers? I *think* both Bartolinoi and Duncan used to make bass hums in this size, but I can't find them now.
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I shoulda mentioned - I'm going for a P vibe...
     
  3. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Those are mini humbuckers? Maybe my eyeballs are goin' :p.

    Here's from the Bart dimensional catalog...

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    It they are regular or "Standard" size h-b's, a RioGrande "Pitbull"
    should drop right in. I emailed `em a while back for dimensions
    and they said it fits a "guitar sized humbucker route". I dunno
    about a P-bass vibe though. The copy says, "it's little, but
    it's mean" :D.

    Problem is, they're kinda' $teep. Around $105USD a pop at MusicToyz.com .

    An EMG-35P4 may be what you're lookin' for. But there would
    be some chisel work involved (3½" wide)...

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    These are little cheaper. Around $80USD/each at Discount Guitar Parts.
     
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Yeah - I meant "mini" from a bass standpoint. They are the same size as a full-sized guitar humbucker.

    Pitbulls, eh? I need to do a few searches on those - thanks for the lead. I'm trying to stay away from EMG for this project, since I'd rather stay passive. I already have EMG-HBs in my Steinie XM2A.

    What I think I'd really want is those Barts! I missed out on a pair for $100...damn.
     
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Im almost positive that those EMG's are satndard guitar humbucker size which would be considered mini from a bassist point of view.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    notduane - you were talking up DiMarzio X2N-Bs a while back. Did you ever end up trying them?
     
  7. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Nahhh :(.

    That was back in the day when I made market rate :rolleyes:.
    IOW, before the Telecom industry took an Uzi to it's foot.

    Anyhoo, I still wanna' try `em someday. I had an idea
    for a Warmoth project with an X2N-B in the 'sweet spot',
    a la' an Epiphone Casady. Real simple - vol, tone, maybe
    some coil splitting switches.

    I love the nasty growl & snarl I get outta' the DiMarzio Split P.
    It's on the "hot" side for a passive pup...output's ~250mV.
    Plus, I really like the blade polepieces (over the circular type).

    So, I figured the next logical step towards ultra-nastiness
    would be the X2N-B. Also blade style AND twice the output
    of the Split P (~500mV) :eek:. They also fit a "standard humbucker
    route" (I emailed DiMarzio too :D ).

    They're available in white or black at this online German store...

      http://www.musik-produktiv.de/
     
  8. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Why "mini"?
    Everybody makes HB's in EMG format. Just try to choose;)


    "suburban chicago", huh?:rolleyes: :D
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Not full-sized soapbars - ones the same size as guitar humbuckers! I don't want to rout!

    Huh? What's your point?
     
  10. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Point? Your location, my friend:p

    j.k.
     
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Oh - your name, my location. D'oh!