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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Bass pup question.

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Jun 29th, 2016 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a rondo "Hadean" music man style 5 string bass. I like the bass but am not fond of active pups of any kind. I would like to find a couple of passive style pups that would fit and would like them to be inexpensive.
Can anyone direct me to an import that would work?


(This message was last edited by stiggowitz at 04:41 PM, Jun 29th, 2016)



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jun 29th, 2016 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would try Guitar Fetish and see what they have, as they do carry some Musicman types and my find a direct fit other than having to change out your volume and treble controls.
If you have a pickguard currently, your options just got wider.
Good hunting and maybe even check out the Carvin options. They have some nice humbuckers that will play nicely there too!
A lot of options for you, but some of my favorite pups are Bartolini's, especially when used with an active preamp.
Best regards, Woody

Purple Valley
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Jun 29th, 2016 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just happened to run across these. Don't know anything about Aguilar products, but they might be worth checking out.

edit: Oops, looks like they're active pups also... Never mind...

Aguilar Music Man-style bass pickups

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 04:16 PM, Jun 29th, 2016)

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jul 13th, 2016 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

The pickups themselves are not active. They are passive pickups into an active preamp.

In an actual Musicman, the position of the one pickup ensured punch and presence. The preamp was unlike most two band preamps. The treble was a gentle slope which after 8k rounded off and dropped off. The bass added low end that the pickup alone lacked. Without the preamp the bass would have been thin and midrangy.

The preamp was designed to bring out what the pickup lacked, but still sound like a passive bass. I've built quite a few of the original MM preamps. It has enhanced many basses I have...MM types and others. The input impedance is not very high, which itself tames high end harshness.

I put the first one in a passive OLP MM knockoff. Before it was an indescript bass, with little actual low end, and a little like a J bass with the bridge pickup only.

After the preamp it became a monster.

I've used active basses (mostly preamps in basses with passive pickups) since the late 70's. The MM preamp is quite different than other active preamps. The low it adds is natural and the highs are pleasant, but not strident, harsh or excessive.

I wouldn't think of running a single MM pickup without the preamp. With a neck pickup, it would work OK without the preamp as the neck could add bass the bridge doesn't have.

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Jul 15th, 2016 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Steve. Thanks for your response.
Do you have a kit or schematic for the preamp you built?

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