What pickup would you add to a Kalamazoo bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rock-wannabe, Jul 23, 2018.


  1. rock-wannabe

    rock-wannabe

    Sep 3, 2004
    Hi guys, I’ve recently picked up a Kalamazoo Sg shaped bass with original mud-bucker pickup that plays fantastic.

    The only issue is the pickguard is crumbling and I’d like to make it a bit more versatile for recording.

    I am in half a mind to add a second pickup with a blend knob when I cut a new pickguard...I just wanted opinions on good pickguard mountable pickup that is fairly small. I don’t want to modify the body.

    Cheers guys!
     
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  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    Get a replacement pickup wound to more friendly specs. Curtis Novak would wind you something like a cooler humbucker or Bisonic/Darkstar clone in a Mudbucker cover. That might be all you need?
     
  4. rock-wannabe

    rock-wannabe

    Sep 3, 2004
    I just experimented with moving the original neck pickup closer to the bridge and along with brighter strings. I’ve managed to get quite a nice tone out of it that is still quite boomy but not as dark. I’ll be making a replacement pickguard over the weekend.
     

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  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Very nice. So the body came with a swimming pool route?
     
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  6. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
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    Pretty convenient! This thread is great. I have a KB-1 as well and have been thinking I want to add a second pickup as well.
     

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  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    That is a huge route for the job required. I wonder if Gibson were experimenting with different pickup locations during the prototype stage, and simply kept this testbed routing in the final product?
     
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  8. I think it was the same body for guitars and basses. They just installed the appropriate pickguard, bridge and neck.
     
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  9. rock-wannabe

    rock-wannabe

    Sep 3, 2004
    C26112A0-3556-4876-8310-E5FD9AD38302.jpeg I’m still waiting on my new screws to
    Arrive and I need to neaten up and
    Round the edges of the pickguard but it is getting there! I had to shim the neck a little too, but it sounds great and has a lovely low action!
     
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  10. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Nice! I love the fact that it’s a mod with significant tonal change, yet still fully reversible. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Holy smokes- that’s sharp!!
     
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