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Super thin pickups for a new project...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by reverendrally, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Hi all, with all the clever folks on this forum, I thought it might be the right place to ask about this.

    Basically, I'm looking for some super thing pickups like these...

    Only of course I want it for a 6 string (fretless) don't I. I'd talk to Lace only they're only available for 5 strings. Any thoughts about who to talk to or possible issues with something this thin.

    My reason for wanting something so thin is a structural thing. Basically, the thinner I can get the pickup, the less timber I need to mess around with and the more structural the neck/joint will be.
  2. ddhm


    Mar 18, 2011
    Memphis Tn USA
    Boy, if you find that for a 6, let me know. I've always disliked taking big chunks out of a neck thru to put in pick ups.
  3. I've looked into those pups too... darn pricey but the only option I'm aware of.

    There is also a guitar version that isn't as big. I'd almost recommend two guitar versions (I know, we're getting into hundreds of dollars now) setup like a fender precision bass split pickup.

    Remember the fender bass pickup design was 2 mandolin pickups used together.... yet happens to be one of the most brilliant pickup designs in history.

    Maybe worth a shot
  4. Wind your own:eyebrow:
    Get someone to make one for you.If you're willing to pay the price they're asking you have a lot of options.
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Lace sensors work a little differently than regular pickups. I doubt one would just be able to wind a set like that.
  6. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    True, but the reason he chose the LACE is for it's physical dimensions, not it's particular electronic properties.
  7. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    The reason he chose the LACE is for it's physical dimensions, not it's particular electronic properties.
  8. :eyebrow:how so:confused:
  9. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I'm intrigued by the USAB as well.

    Even though it says "4 or 5 string", it might work just fine for a (close-spaced) 6. My lazy Google skills didn't turn up any dimensions for it, but if I were you I would contact Lace and ask how wide the string sensing aperture is.
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    They have no magnetic pull, and are not a regular coil. I honestly have no clue how they work.
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Right, but I don't know if you could get enough winds around a coil that thin.
  12. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
  13. 44 awg ;)
  14. Googled lace sensor:
    "the coil is surrounded by metal barriers which are designed to reduce electro-magnetic interference such as power line hum. According to the manufacturer, these barriers also help concentrate the magnetic field, allowing weaker magnets to be used, which results in less string pull. Less string pull, in turn, means truer pitch and intonation, and superior sustain."

    damn kids and their magnetic field
  15. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I have been VERY interested in those thin pickups as well to add a magnetic to my Carvin semi-hollow acoustic and my Chinese 6 string fretless.

    But for some reason the folks at Lace seem to think that anyone buying a pickup really doesn't care what size they are or what string width they cover. I was on their case right here in this forum a while back and the Lace rep told us all he was going to get that information into the website. Last I checked it's still not there. Hey just buy a bunch without asking questions and if they don't work buy some other models. They sell lots of different models. No problem...
    petrus61 likes this.
  16. SidMau


    Sep 3, 2012
    Get the pickup and just modify the bass to have what some might deem "narrow" string spacing :bag:
  17. lex_lacemusic


    Jun 6, 2013
    Long Beach
    Production Manager: Lace Music
    Thought id chime in regarding the Ultra Slim Bass Pickup, the string spacing as about 2 and a quarter, so if you had a decently tight bridge, this would work just fine for you.

    Also, Bassbenj, i apologize for not getting the website updated. We have been doing alot of change here at the shop and the company who was supposed to be redesigning and updating our website fell through, so we're trying to get all that taken care of as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience cause personally, i know we should have much more information on our site.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    They're for acoustic/electric basses. Is that what you're building?
  19. willburgess


    Mar 16, 2008
    Greer, SC
    Ok I'm relatively new here, but I am a luthier and I make my own pickups. I am going to attempt a slim pickup. I am going for the 1/4 measurement. If I succeed there will not need to be any routing for pickup installation and any string configuration will be possible. Let me know what you think.