What pickup should I put in my old Carvin

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Danny O Danny, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Danny O Danny

    Danny O Danny Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Georgetown, TX
    Hello, fellow TB'ers. I'm looking for suggestions...

    I bought this old Carvin LB40 a few months ago for $400.00 and I love it. It's not my primary bass (I have a couple of Precisions--one with flats and one with pressurewounds--that I play with the tone rolled completely off), but it is a blast to play. The neck is a little bit narrower than a P or J, the bass has wonderful sustain and is naturally bright and focused due to the hard rock maple neck and body, so I use it as my "round wound sound" bass for recording when I want a little "zing." But I've been kicking around the idea of replacing the pickup. From what I gather, the existing original pickup is essentially a guitar pickup. I'd like to increase the output and add some warmth and depth and punch. So... What would you recommend? I'm thinking maybe a Guild Bi-Sonic, or does anyone make a "guitar humbucker" sized bass pickup with similar qualities that I could drop in without having to rout the body, or ...?

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    The Dimarzio DP125 X2N-B might be fun.
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  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Wilde L90!
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  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    IIRC, it has 22 pole pieces...beat that!

  5. Danny O Danny

    Danny O Danny Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Georgetown, TX
    Ooh, that DiMarzio looks really interesting.
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