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HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 6029
edited March 21 in Basses £
I need some super-cheap J and P Bass pickups for a project - the only criteria (other than loooow price) is that I can remove the covers without destroying the windings.

Anyone?


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 8861
    Do you need the usual long/short pair for the majority of J type basses or an equal (short) length pair for older Fender MIM and numerous ultra cheap copies?
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 6029
    At the moment, just *any* random cheapo J and P bass pickups would be useful...


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 8861
    Knowing now what you are working on, I assert that it will not be possible to cram the two halves of a regular P Bass pickup into the available space.

    There is almost zero margin for trimming the vulcanised fibreboard bobbin plates of a P or J pickup without severing the copper coil. Plastic bobbins might be slightly more workable because the cutting should be less jerky.

    A Mustang Bass or early Eighties Bullet Bass pickup should fit but the sounds will be puny.

    A dual-coil, noise-cancelling J type pickup would fit. Two single coils, placed side by side should also fit under the stock pickup cover but the polepieces are unlikely to align with anything. Something with bar or blade polepieces would be your best bet.

    I have a weird pseudo goldfoil humbucker that would fit your brief but nobody else's.

    My solution would be an EMG-35 P4, -DC or -DCTW pickup. 

    The best solution of all would be to source a working example of the stock pickup. I suggest that you PM the usual suspects.


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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3775
    What's your context?
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 6029
    So...time for an update...

    I was looking at a Westone Spectrum ST bass for a friend. Pickup totally dead (physically knackered).

    https://i.imgur.com/e5Z6yud.jpg

    With huge thanks to @prowla, I obtained a P-bass pickup and heavily modified it (dismembered, shaved the bobbins down, etc).

    The result? Polepieces aligned perfectly with the original housing, everything fitted nicely and it’s all back together.

    https://i.imgur.com/u9Bzl1h.jpg

    Sounds good, too! Very pleased. :)


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 8861
    Swizz. This thread needs pics of shaved down bobbin plates and blobs of wax or Superglue. 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3775
    A before-image...


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