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OLP pickup size problem

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Has anyone upgraded their 4 string OLP Stingray pickup?  I'd love a Nordstrand but I'm looking at a Wilkinson at £20 first to see how much difference there will be. However, looking at the dimensions of other MM pups it appears that they are a bit larger than the OLP jobby and I don't see them fitting the existing cutout in the pickguard. I'm wondering if I'll buy one and get a replacement MM type pickguard possibly made for a 'proper' pickup?

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I dropped a Bartolini into my Tony Levin 5 string, it was quite a bit smaller than the stock item, don’t know if that makes much difference to you though.

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I put a Kent Armstrong pickup in my 4-string OLP- the scratchplate hole needed a bit of sanding as the pickup was a tiny bit too large.



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I used Nordstrand MM4.2 and Seymour Duncan SMB4A pickups on my OLPs and I don't remember any issues.


edit: hmm, but I also tended to use replacement MusicMan pickguards. Although on one of the basses I kept the original pickguard, and worked fine with the Seymour Duncan. I think whatever you go for should fit or maybe require very minor sanding of the pickguard route to make any pickup fit.

Edited by mcnach

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