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New Pickups for fretless


Mr. Phil

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I was thinking of getting new pickups for my Ibanez GSR190 that I made into a fretless a few months ago. I strung it with flatwounds. (If that makes a difference to u guys)

 

Anyway, the pickups that are in it now, sound like crap through my Carvin/Avatar rig and if I have the tone knob all the way off (or on; I forgot) it buzzes like crazy. Its a P+J 4 stringer so if someone could give me a few suggestions that arent expensive (under $100-$150 for both).

 

Another thing I am considering, maybe to get a Humbucker and put that in. The only thing is, would it be possible to cut the bass where the J pickup would be to make the humbucker fit? Or would that ruin the bass? I wanna make it so it has 1 volume control and maybe go Active and put a 2 or 3 band EQ in there. This will be a big project, so any advice would be very appreciated.

 

Thanks

~Phil~ :wave:

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You may be getting a buzz if the J pickup is a single-coil pickup. Eliminating the buzz may be as simple as putting a huncancelling J pickup in -- for example a stacked humbucker (e.g., Carvin H50N) or an in-line dual coil (e.g., DiMarzio Model J or DiMarzio Ultra Jazz).

 

If you're hungry for a project, learning about routing on an Ibanez GSR190 would probably be fun. You could create enough space for a Music Man style humbucker, and then be able to play with electronics for it, too -- like a coil tap switch, for example.

 

It depends on your ultimate goal, though. If your primary goal is to make your bass sound better w/ the least muss'n'fuss, my suggestion would be to learn more about the current pickups that are in there. If the J is indeed a single coil, you may want to start by replacing it w/ a humcancelling J pickup. If you do it yourself, you'll improve skills related to soldering and electronics. If your goal is to explore what you can do to your bass and learn about some of the work that bass builders and repairers do, then knock yourself out and give yourself the larger challenge of routing out a larger cavity for a MM humbucker. Just keep in mind that it'll be an involved project.

 

Given you willingness to tear the frets out of the bass earlier this year, my sense is that you have no fear about tackling challenging projects. :D

 

Peace.

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a few days ago I asked at my music store how much should have cost to replace my passive pick ups with the fender's precision's ones....well it costs (in italy) 250 euros wich is 287 US dollars....it wuold be less expensive buying a new bass than replace the pick ups un the old bass that i paid less than 250 euros!!!!!!! :(

But i asked for the fender precision ones...i hope there is somenthing a less expensive.....

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Exploring and stuff like that is fun, but I dont want to spend a lot of money. Could you give some tips and suggestions??

 

I'll be playing with the fretless for the first time at a gig tomorrow night, I hope it sounds ok.

 

I was thinking of maybe putting in P+J EMGs or that Music Man style Humbucker. I would need some help though.

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I like p+j configuration on fretted bass for the versatility on the various tecniques (fingerstyle, slaping, taping), on the fretless i prefer not to have the precision pick up, an humbucker for me is best, but it depens all on your personal tastes and the sound you wanna take out of bass. I don't like slap on the fretless basses....some people like it....
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