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WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 29 Nov 2017, 11:06
by Paisley
I'm chasing a set of Humbucker sized Pickups to go in a Bass.
The way I see it, I've got three options; I've listed them in order of preference;

1. Passive HB Bass Pickups (Gibson TB Plus, Rio Grande Pitbulls, ect)
2. Active HB Bass Pickups (EMG-HB, Bartolini 1-CB, ect)
3. Blade type Guitar pickups (Lawrence L-90/L-500, ect)

I'm sure there's dozens of others I'm not aware of, so feel free to throw other suggestions in the Hat. The Bass is just a cheapie, but I've thrown a set of Cobalt Flats on it which has really brought it to life, & I don't thing the stock pickups are doing it much justice.

Cheers. :)

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 29 Nov 2017, 12:34
by Aussie Mark
How about the Hong Kong buckers that Veebass installed in his Thunderbird? I think they cost less than $100 a pair and Russ says they are better than the stock Gibson pickups.

My Fenderbird has Thunderbucker Ranch '66 Thunderbuckers which are great but they are closer to $400 a pair shipped.

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 29 Nov 2017, 12:52
by Paisley
Aussie Mark wrote:
29 Nov 2017, 12:34
How about the Hong Kong buckers that Veebass installed in his Thunderbird? I think they cost less than $100 a pair and Russ says they are better than the stock Gibson pickups.

My Fenderbird has Thunderbucker Ranch '66 Thunderbuckers which are great but they are closer to $400 a pair shipped.
Hey Mark; I'm not sure they'll fit mate. I'm after ones that are the size of a normal Guitar Humbucker; like the pickups that came in the Les Paul Bass.
(It's a bit confusing, as I've seen the Gibson TB Plus's advertised as both Thunderbird type pickups & normal Humbucker pickups!! 8/ )

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 30 Nov 2017, 11:19
by WestOfBen
I can go fishing for my set of EMGs if I still have them and you're interested.

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 07 Dec 2017, 12:03
by Paisley
WestOfBen wrote:
30 Nov 2017, 11:19
I can go fishing for my set of EMGs if I still have them and you're interested.
Hey mate, sent you a PM. What type of EMG's are they?

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 07 Dec 2017, 19:09
by WestOfBen
Hey mate, sorry been an extremely busy week. I found them this morning. Black shell EMG Select. Two-wire models: SEHB. Price I would have to get back to you unless you wish to make an offer. They are in good condition and sounded fine from what I recall. Happy to chat more

Re: WTB: Humbucker sized Bass Pickups

Posted: 07 Dec 2017, 20:15
by veebass
Paisley wrote:
29 Nov 2017, 12:52
Aussie Mark wrote:
29 Nov 2017, 12:34
How about the Hong Kong buckers that Veebass installed in his Thunderbird? I think they cost less than $100 a pair and Russ says they are better than the stock Gibson pickups.

My Fenderbird has Thunderbucker Ranch '66 Thunderbuckers which are great but they are closer to $400 a pair shipped.
Hey Mark; I'm not sure they'll fit mate. I'm after ones that are the size of a normal Guitar Humbucker; like the pickups that came in the Les Paul Bass.
(It's a bit confusing, as I've seen the Gibson TB Plus's advertised as both Thunderbird type pickups & normal Humbucker pickups!! 8/ )
Yes Gibson seem to call virtually all their ceramic bass humbuckers TB+s.

The guitar sized ones out of the Les Paul basses (I have two) and ES 335 Basses are very different sounding to those rounded edge plastic covered ones out of the TBirds. I suspect they are quite different pickups actually.

The guitar shaped Gibsons smoke the TBird pickups in my opinion. The Chinese buckers sound more like the guitar shaped TB+s. Here's a clip which shows the difference very well. I find the TB+s from TBirds muffled and indistinct like the clip.



Another option would be the Jim De Cola pickups they used in the 2015 TBird and the EB 14- great pickups, if you could find them for sale .