Jump to content
MonkeyTrick

Replacement pickups on vintage bass

Recommended Posts

I found a late 70s / early 80's EKO bass and it is the most comfortable I've ever played. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the pickups. They are not great for big grindy tones. I usually use a lot of effects in one band and just through a Darkglass b3k in another but these pickups sound awful through either when compared to my Squier P or Ibanez Src6. It's not the flatwounds, I've tried the setup with both. I've been looking at replacements but I'm pretty overwhelmed with choice and unsure which size is going to fit as the stock ones seem super small can anyone give some advice? Pics below for sizing.

IMG_20191008_091928001.jpg

IMG_20191008_091936247.jpg

IMG_20191008_091921228.jpg

IMG_20191008_091856651.jpg

Edited by MonkeyTrick

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not sure of your location but could you get those pickups rewound to your spec?

A good friend works at Eternal Guitars (they make the old Wizard pickups) and he is constantly talking about what can be done.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Just now, Steve Browning said:

Not sure of your location but could you get those pickups rewound to your spec?

A good friend works at Eternal Guitars (they make the old Wizard pickups) and he is constantly talking about what can be done.

Great idea! I'm based in London. I know next to nothing about wiring pickups but will get in contact.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wondering if it's going to set me back more than the value of the guitar haha

50 minutes ago, Steve Browning said:

Spoke with my chum last night and rewinding is certainly an option. All sorts of possibilities 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

16 minutes ago, Beer of the Bass said:

Are they guitar humbucker sized? There may be some blade polepiece guitar humbuckers that would do the job if so.

I have no idea dude, I did include the measurements though :)

Edited by MonkeyTrick

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Removing the pickup & surround should give you an idea of whether or not there's room to install something different without routing the body.

Have to say if it was my bass I wouldn't want to mod it irreversibly, or at worst, visibly. These Ekos are pretty rare and I'd be looking at mounting a different pickup in a new surround, using the existing screwholes.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Bassassin said:

Removing the pickup & surround should give you an idea of whether or not there's room to install something different without routing the body.

Have to say if it was my bass I wouldn't want to mod it irreversibly, or at worst, visibly. These Ekos are pretty rare and I'd be looking at mounting a different pickup in a new surround, using the existing screwholes.

Yeah I agree, I'm not keen on modifying the body so it would have to slot in. God knows how I'd find ones that will line up nicely. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is that an old Shadow pickup? A Schaller Bassbucker or Dimarzio Model G would fit but.... they are all guitar-sized bass humbuckers with a lot of grunt under the hood. The same flavour from each pickup.

Rio Grande make more appetising bass pickups in a guitar humbucker footprint.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/10/2019 at 14:57, MonkeyTrick said:

Just wondering if it's going to set me back more than the value of the guitar haha

 

You'll be pleasantly surprised just how affordable it is. 

 

Few weeks back I had David at Bloodstone build me an insanely overwound humbucker in single coil format. Cost a lot less than an off the shelf Duncan 👍

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



×
×
  • Create New...