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What are my options for a 3rd party Thunderbird pickup with a classic Thunderbird tone?

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So I kind of pondered for some time on having the J pickup cavity of my P/J Ibanez Mikro Bass, which is my main, routed out for a humbucker pickup of some kind, the DiMarzio Model P pickup I have installed in the Mikro currently being the only pickup on my Mikro that is actually connected, and as I love the classic gnarly Thunderbird tone I kind of settled with the idea of having the J pickup cavity routed for a Thunderbird pickup (I don't mind if some of the J pickup caviity will be left sticking out after routing it out to fit a Thunderbird pickup, minor cosmetic mess ups doesn't bother me at all), but I think at least using the edge of the existing J pickup cavity towards the neck actually will fit pretty well with where the bridge Thunderbird pickup cavity also stops towards the neck on a real Thunderbird.

Making it look something like this :

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Now my question is if I want that gnarly traditional Thunderbird tone what are my options for pickups that will deliver that (I am fine with cheap pickups, just as long as they are also great pickups, but more expensive suggestions are welcome as well)? 

 

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Take a look at Gemini pickups.  Some excellent choices with proper sound demonstrations. British-made too.

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13 hours ago, foxyFuze said:

Take a look at Gemini pickups.  Some excellent choices with proper sound demonstrations. British-made too.

Thanks for you suggestion, but I just looked up their homepage and I don't see any bass pickups listed.

Can you make a custom order, or don't they have all the pickups they make listed?

https://www.geminipickups.com/

 

Edit!!!:

Ah, found another page where they list a lot more of their pickups : https://www.geminipickups.co.uk/

And their Thunderbird bass pickups : https://www.geminipickups.co.uk/bass/thunderbird-bass

Thank you. :i-m_so_happy:

Looks great, and really reasonable prices too.

 

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Ideally, for that sound, the humbucker should be nearer the neck rather than the bridge. I saw an interview with Billy Sheehan when he described adding the humbucker there to his famous old P bass. Pickups set closer to the bridge tend to emphasise the mid range growl.

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