Seymour Duncan MusicMan system

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cubeenz, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. Has anyone used the BassLines MusicMan pickup system? I'm thinking about putting it my OLP StingRay. Does anyone have any comments on the tone? Also, how much would it cost to to have it installed, routed for the battery clip, and routed for an output jack? I know a guy who might be able to do it for no labor cost, or at least pretty cheap, but how much does this system cost? Is it something I could do myself? Routing isn't that difficult, but I don't want to mess things up.
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Ive never used it, but that slap switch looks pretty cool.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i don't know about the "system" that you are talking about, but i have duncan exposed pole music-man style pickups on my 8's. i love em, sound better than any other mm style pickup i've ever heard.
  4. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR

    Retail .... $265.00

    Map ..... $185.50

    Can be had for ....... $170.00 to $175.00

  5. John, is that the cost including the pickup? Is this an item that you normally have in stock?
  6. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey JT, I believe the system consists of;
    Stingray type pickup
    Active module-preamp, with active bass and treble controls.
    BP did a test on once a while back. They gave it a good review.
  7. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR

    Yes, that is the Pickup and 3 knob tone circuit with the slap contour switch. I don't have one in stock but could easily order it.
  8. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I have FOR SALE a 5 string Seymour Duncan Basslines Musicman replacement pickup for 5 string. Just the pickup, not the preamp. Sounds like the original, but a smoother top end, and a bit louder.

    $50.00, e-mail me at if interested.
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    thanks. is that preamp the same as the basslines preamp? because i have a few of those in some of my 7's and they kick butt as well.
  10. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I used to have one as the stock system in a Washburn XB900. Tonewise, it's kind of harsh sounding even with the mids flat, but it certainly can cut through a band. It's also extremely sensitive, so if you prefer a cleaner J-type sound without any fret clicks, string noise or harmonics, it might not be for you. Good for slap and heavy rock, but not so much for other styles. I've heard that SD now offers two versions of the preamp with a less-annoying ie. lower-frequency midrange boost.
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    John - you may/may not have the Basslines STC-2 or -3 preamp, Basslines "regular" preamps. The MM preamp is sold as part of their MM "system". When I bought mine, the differences they told me about were that the MM preamp is a 3-band job whereas the STC can be a 2 or 3-band preamp. However, the MM preamp doesn't have a blend control. Both have the slap contour, according to Basslines.

    What surprised me in the ordering process was that I was asked if I wanted the 3 or 4 knob MM preamp :confused: Since no price difference was mentioned, I figured, what the hell, mo' knobs??? mo betta!!1
  12. I think that if your MM has the two band EQ, installing a 4 knob preamp would require you to move the jack from the top control plate to the side. If you have a three band Sting Ray or any Sterling, then it's no problem.
  13. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    The Basslines music man preamp is a little different from the other Basslines preamp, the bass boost/cut is centered at 20 where the other Basslines system is centered at 30, I believe, and it's the same with the other tone controls too, they are set differently to compliment the Musicman pickup.
  14. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Hey JT - where do you get those >5-string MM pickups, anyway? I've never seen any for sale. Right now an MM sounds closest to what I'm thinking of for a fretless 6. Thanks.
  15. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR

    The 5 string MM pup and/or tone circuit is a standard item for Duncan. They should be available through any SD dealer. If you have a hard time finding one in your local area e-mail me.

  16. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Forgive my nerdspeak, I meant "greater than five strings"?