Single coil P-basses have replaced Peavey as a passion of mine. Apart from looking great,IMHO, they sound great with flats or tapes. Another passion of mine 🙂
After trying various single coils I came to the conclusion 1 sounds pretty much like another. Bit of a blow that,especially when you like tinkering.
A thread on another forum, (No Love for Telecaster Basses ?), has been a source of fun and inspiration. It was there I heard folks mention the Dusty Hill custom from Seymour Duncan.
$140 + shipping + VAT and import duty ! To a fella who thinks all single coils sound roughly the same !! Madness !!!
Not that mad,I knew there'd be a solution 🙂 I'd swapped the £8 single from China (very nice) back to the Bloodstone 51 and was enjoying the bass . Still had the 28K Dusty Hill niggle so got in touch with David at Bloodstone to see if he fancied making one similar.
David was up for it but warned me 28K on a single coil was a big ask.Knowing nothing about making pickups, I told him Id leave the details up to him.He did explain the problems, wire gauge vs available space/gaps between coils. Only input I could give was Id heard the Duncan was bigger than a standard single coil and since I was yet to cut the body there was no fixed size.
David had some 28mm alnico 5 slugs from another project then set to work.
Projected build time was 3 weeks but it was done and dusted in 3 days 😎
Work hampered the new build so it went in the pine slab yesterday,sunk the pickup cavity by 10mm. It's a monster !!
Not fitted in that photo,next to the 51 so you can gauge the size. Wired in series to keep it simple,Dusty's has series/parallel & tapped options
Does the fella who thinks all singles sound alike still think that ?
Give me a week and I'll know for sure 😀
David was brilliant. It was over my head but he kept me in the loop so at least I felt I had some part in it. Length of time to build,communication and the price were all fantastic.
We have some great people in this country and I reckon we should look to them first.
I picked up an Alan Entwistle pickup from a fellow basschatter to replace the dodgy bridge pickup on my bitsa Jazz. It has a Seymour Duncan in the neck slot. First impressions were that it seems to be of a decent quality for the money (not expensive new) and is supplied with a sensible length of wire with soldered ends. All good so far. It’s deeper than a standard Jazz pickup but most after market ones are. When I came to fit it I found that the plastic cover will not fit in a standard Jazz slot - the corners are a bit too square to fit it. It’s not far off but enough that you would need to open the slots up which I wasn’t prepared to do. The pickup NEARLY fits in the standard Jazz cover but the wire outlet fouls it. Five minutes with a Dremel and it was good to go.
Once fitted I had a play. As you would expect it’s a much lighter sound than the Duncan bridge pickup but pleasant all the same with a bright top end. Adding it mid dial against a full dial (hope that makes sense] bridge adds a nice mid range punch that wasn’t there before. As the original wasn’t working I can’t compare it to that sadly but for a budget pickup I am impressed with the quality and sound. I don’t know if the figment issue would be different on other Jazzes but that was the only issue encountered. Verdict - 8/10
I have a Tanglewoord 5 string Stingray copy that has 3 knobs and the input on a control plate:
The first knob does nothing, the second adjusts volume and the third adjusts tone. On opening the plate up I am presented with this:
The red and white wire on the left are soldered together, but not soldered to anything.
I am guessing that this is why the knob doesn't function.
Am I right in thinking that this is a connection from the pickup that controls volume for one of the coils?
Where should I resolder this to on the pot? directly onto it or one of the 3 legs?