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Pickups for a Steinberger Spirit 5-string?

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I bought a barebones Steinberger Spiriti 5-string a while back.

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I intended to make a Rickenberger out of it, by using some Rickenbacker bits from my parts box.

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Unfortunately, the pickups aren't wide enough for the 5 strings, so I'm having to shelve that idea and think about putting some other pickups in instead.

I do have Status and Warwick ones, but they are bigger than the existing holes and my woodworking skills are not great, plus I don't have a router (or indeed a workshop!).

Can anybody advise whether there are any drop-in replacement pickups which might fit the bass without requiring surgery?

(I've also not given up on the Rickenberger, but I'll be needing a 4-string to base it on.)

 

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I put some EMG pickups into a Hohner B2V that were a drop in fit - I imagine they are a similar/same size?  I can rummage through my emails and try to find which model.

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26 minutes ago, Paul S said:

I put some EMG pickups into a Hohner B2V that were a drop in fit - I imagine they are a similar/same size?  I can rummage through my emails and try to find which model.

Thanks - were they passives?

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Hah, not EMG at all but were Aguilar DCB G3 soapbars which have a bar magnet so work nicely with a 5.  I replaced the EMGs with these.  Sounded nice, too - an improvement. 

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5 minutes ago, Paul S said:

Hah, not EMG at all but were Aguilar DCB G3 soapbars which have a bar magnet so work nicely with a 5.  I replaced the EMGs with these.  Sounded nice, too - an improvement. 

Ta - they're a bit pricey (being Aguilar, of course!).

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Just bought Spirit 5 string XZ25..

Any ideas of pickups replacing..It's a little bit mess with 5 string.

EMG HB? Aguilar DCB G3? Can't find exact answer.

Don't want to make drilling work .. just replace

Thank's

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Well, I managed to acquire one pickup for the Spirit 5 and I've just wired it in today. It's not bad, but I'm still keeping an eye out for another, or replacements.

I also shifted my Rickenberger plans to a 4-string, which is coming along. Sadly, the outgoing 4-string pickups don't fit the 5-er.

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Yep!..It's totally not standard size..:( Just finished restoration work..Love this bass..VERY comfy playing..It has Aquilar preamp.. Bougt it as a travel buddy..:) It was in terrible shape

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7 hours ago, metallum said:

Not a problem..Aguilar DCB G3 but it needs drilling?

 

Well, there are approaches you can choose from when upgrading.

I tend to try and put a budget on upgrading cheapies and certainly going past the value of the instrument probably busts that; otherwise it might just be a better option to get a better one in the first place.

Since Spirits are sub-£200 instruments (s/h), I would most likely baulk at a pair of £80 pickups.

(Of course, that's my approach - no reason why yours has to be the same!)

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8 hours ago, metallum said:

Not a problem..Aguilar DCB G3 but it needs drilling?

 

As I recall they just dropped straight it.

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Yes...it does..:/ But I can choose Aquilar G4 or Bartolini same size pickups.

When drilled it covers all the holes after recent pups.. So for 5 string Spirits its the best option..

Thank You for help..:)

My oldschool spirit is really well made. So I can invest a little..:) It's the most comfortably exercise bass I had..:) while watching TV..:)

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