uncommon pup combos

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by funky plunky, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. funky plunky

    funky plunky

    Mar 18, 2004
    does anyone here have a strange pickup combo on their bass? anything strange like double P's, P/mm's, j/mm's? if so lets see some pics
  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Those aren't as uncommon as you think. Lakland 44-02 and 55-02 have the J/MM combination. Double P's were done on a bunch of BC Rich basses. P/MM has been done, but isn't as common as the other two.

    Here is my franken-jazz that has the J/MM combination:

    <img src="http://www.bassviews.org/perl/showimage.pl/317" width=400>

    <a href="http://www.bassviews.org/showlisting.cgi?lid=147">Click here for more photos.</a>
  3. Rvl


    Dec 23, 2003
    Aomori Japan
  4. dont forget bootsy's space basses...

    5 single coils
    3 MM's
    2 single coils + 2 Split Coils

    not to mention the stuart hamm sig
    2 singles + a split coil
    or stu's old white kubicki
    2 kubicki humbuckers + a split coil
    ill find pics of bootsy's later on
  5. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
  6. here pics of two of bootsy's basses
    3x humbucker
    2x single + 2x split

    i cant find an online pic of the 5x single coils but its in one of his album booklets
  7. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Yep, one of a small number made in the 80's as a market test (I think it failed commercially) Tak won't even say how many they made, but they are Neck-Thru Mahogany. I only know of 2, mine and Isimy (here on TB) has one that is a V-shape but other than that they are nearly identical, Matte Black paint, red binding/fret position markers and painted binding on the body, dual P-Pup, with 3 knob passive controls (layout is even identical). His had the Pups and knobs replaced at some time. Mine has the original Pups and 2 of the 3 knobs/pots (I broke a knob in college and can't find a replacement, they are black w/red numbers, removed the pot that went along with it during one of many living room mods.) Always looking for anyone who's heard/seen from anything like these....

    Here's the photo of Isimys:
  8. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    I have a '74 Jazz that has a big Bartolini humbucker sitting where a Pbass pickup should go and no neck pickup. The bart is wired up single coil, series or parallel by a 3 way switch. This feeds a Sadowsky preamp. The most versatile bass I've ever heard.
  9. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    Roger Glover of Deep Purple use to have a Rickenbacker 4001 with the neck pick-up replaced with 2 jazz bass pickups. I have no idea what the purpose was. Any ideas ?
  10. Gianni


    Jul 4, 2001
    Palermo - Italia
    :hyper: Recently I realized 2 "strange" PU combos:

    1) a jazz-bass-like axe with 2 couples of J PU; 2 Di Marzio ultrajazz in usual position and 2 Di Marzio model j in such a way that the "bridge one" is in the meddle of the "usual" ones,

    2) a Warwick Fortress Masterman with its MEC double jazz in central position and 2 MECs J, one at the bridge, nearest than standard jazz, and one at the neck.

    The jazz-like has 4 volumes two of which are serial-parallel switching.

    The electronic of the Warwick has not been changed, only 2 PU selectors for the 2 J and the double J respectively has been added.
    The electronic gives a balance between the 2 couples of PU, 2 separate bass-treble controls for both couples and a overall volume control.

    Some combinations in both basses are really unusable, but many are very interesting!

  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    My DP Custom is a bit odd, considering -

    - that's a 4 coil soapbar paired with an MM

    - the soapbar is Bartolini and the Alnico MM is from Basslines Custom Shop

    - the preamp is the MM preamp that goes with the Alnico MM Basslines

    Plus, the "sweet spots" are somewhat different. The switches are coil splitters and parallel/series.

    It sounds pretty nutz depending on the settings!

  12. KeithPas

    KeithPas Supporting Member

    May 16, 2000
    Nice looking bass!!
    I used to have a Lakland 55-01 and I modded it with a stock MM5 humbucker in the bridge position and a series /paralell switch, so it had a MK-1 soapbar in the neck position and a MM5 humbucker in the bridge position.
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Thanks, Keith.

    So, how do you like your soapbar/MM combo ???

    Mine gets this real hard, "knuckles in your face" punch that isn't trebly at all and remains very bassy but very articulate.

    It was a real crapshoot, pairing the typical "naturalness" Barts are known for with the "over-the-top" Basslines. But it's a refreshing change from the ubiquitous Jazz + MM combo......nothing wrong with it, love that combo, too....I just wanted something different.
  14. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    In the 70s I saw a lot of Gibson EB-0s with various Fender pickups added.

    Berry Oakley's "Tractor" Jazz had a third J pickup plus a Guild pickup added.

    On the cover of Steve Miller's album "Sailor" you can see that he and Boz Scaggs both had bass pickups added to their Gibson GUITARS :eek:

    I once saw a Jazz Bass that had a P pickup replacing the bridge single coil :confused:

    I also once saw a StingRay that had the humbucker removed and J-bass single coils added :rollno:
  15. KeithPas

    KeithPas Supporting Member

    May 16, 2000

    I liked the sound alot, in many ways I was looking for the same thing as you in that I had the smoothness of the Bart neck position soapbar and the aggresive sound of the MM5 pickup in the bridge position. I could get the standard Lakland tone with the pan pot centered and I could get a very convincing Stingray tone with the bridge pickup solod. I liked the combo alot but I had a chance to trade that bass for a Modulus jazz bass and I jumped on it. I miss that bass but I'm loving the Modulus.
  16. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    Hey, has anyone else think a Single Coil P/MM combo would be interesting?
  17. my bass that hambone made for me has a mm/gibson mini-humbucker pickup in it,
    it actually works very well...i can go from the bright MM tone to a real deep dub-like tone.
    give that combo a shot, you'll like it!


    EDIT: btw heath...i found this...maybe it will help [​IMG]
  18. sweet..thats what i was talking about super...im planning on getting those strings soon as well
  19. has anyone seen a bass that has a single coil in the bridge and a humbucker in the neck?....reversed lakland style?