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Replacement pups for a T-bird.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by babuska, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. babuska


    Nov 14, 2005
    Is there any good replacement pick-ups for Gibson Thunderbird? I played my T-bird in a music store(I was test driving the Mesa 400+), and there was annoying extra noise, coming out of the amp. I asked about it, and the seller said that T-birds pick-ups are not the best quality, and pick up interference from the room lights in the store. I was amazed, but when I tried with another bass, there wasn´t that noise anymore.
    Anyone experienced this? Or replaced the pups of the T-bird?
  2. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    bartolini make Tbird replacements.

    also you could try getting some EMGs to fit
  3. babuska


    Nov 14, 2005

    Have you ever tried Bartolinis?
  4. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I have two basses with the Tbird pickups - an '87 Gibson IV with the same TB Plus that are in new Tbirds, and a '76 with the '70s chrome pickups, and neither of them are noisy. I've never heard anyone say that Tbird pickups are noisy.
  5. babuska


    Nov 14, 2005
    T-birds pups are not noisy, absolutely, that´s why I was amazed in a store, but that made me wonder if there are better sounding replacements for T-bird. You see, the eternal search of the holy grail of the sound!
  6. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Your sales guy doesn't know much. T-birds sound fabulous stock.

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