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What would you put in a five?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Damon Rondeau, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Folks, lend me your wisdom.

    I'm building a five-string in a few months and starting to kick around ideas. I've got the wood stuff down, but I lost track of what's happening in pickup land about a decade ago. I'm clued out!

    What pickup / electronic arrangement would you put in a fretted five string if you could put anything (well, not something exotically custom or anything) in there?

    I like a bottomy sound that's nice and warm in the mids. I've got a 91 Thumb bass and love the sound of that thing.

    Appreciate your thoughts.
  2. Rich midrange, lots of bottom? Bartolini dual-coil soapbars, "deeper" winding, wired in series.
  3. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    That works, as would a Bartolini Musicman-style in the bridge and a J-style in the neck position like this:

  4. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    P.S. Peter - are the M55s in your first FBB bass wired in series or parallel?
  5. Series. I considered changing 'em to parallel back when I was running an all-Eden rig, but now that I run a more tonally balanced setup I prefer the extra lows and low mids.
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Bart quad coils have worked well for me.
  7. LKK


    Sep 4, 2002
    I get great tone variations from a J+MM configuration, with bart 59J#1 at the bridge position and Bassline MM alnico at the neck position.

    I have a parellel/single/series switch on the MM pickup and another switch to mix the two pickups (both on, neck only or bridge only). I have a resister in series with the MM pickup when both pickups are on, this is to reduce the strength of the MM pickup so that it blends well with the weaker signal from the bart 59J.

    The blended pickup signal then go into a bassline 3 band tone circuit, with a push-pull switch to kick in a slap tone. You can get any tones you like from this configuration.
  8. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Much obliged, folks. Saves research steps to get a quick read on where the sweet spot might be found...
  9. churchpark


    Jun 21, 2007
    I am getting a bair of Bart P2 Soapbars in the quad version. How popular or common is it to use series/single/parellel with this PU? Is it very benifitting?
  10. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    Q-Tuners are beautiful in every respect.
  11. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Custom Kent Armstrongs... just tell them what you're looking for and the clouds will part and the angels sing.
  12. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Y'all noticed the thread started in 2002 right?
  13. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
  14. Geezerman


    Nov 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Maybe he is still thinking on it :p