Rickenbacker Toaster Pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by LukeMan970, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. LukeMan970


    Jun 22, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Hey all
    So I have a 2005 Ric and was wondering what your thoughts are on swapping the high output neck pickup for a toaster model? Whats the sound difference? Is it more of a classic ric sound or is it more bass heavy?
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    The current neck pickup on your bass should be in the 11k ohm range. A toaster will be around 7.4k ohms. The high gains are fuller and more growlly. The toaster is scatterwound which scoops out some mids and makes it smoother sounding.
  3. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Both of my '74 Rics had toasters. They have a cool tone, but not a lot of low end. They are really guitar pickups with 6 alnico magnets. They work well when you have the cap installed on the bridge pickup, otherwise it overpowers the toaster, and has more low end too.

    I replaced the toasters on both my basses a long time ago. I just wasn't getting enough bottom.
  4. Yep. Me too. in a '74.
    I swapped a toaster in for about a month before I gave up on convincing myself that it was better.

    Anyone wanna buy a toaster?
  5. LukeMan970


    Jun 22, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Awesome thanks you guys, i think you just saved me about 100 dollars or so haha.