Archive for the ‘Pickups’ Category

Good Golly.

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

So once again I’ve neglected this blog for several months.  It’s not for lack of news to report, but rather the lack of will to post about it. This came to my attention a few days ago when I actually remembered that I had set up a blog in the first place.



Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I just spent a few hours getting my brother-in-law’s Gecko fretless 5-string bass back into shape.  It was a rewarding effort, since we solved some issues that had been bothering him for some time.  Continue for more details.


Carvin pickups

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I’m pleased (and a bit surprised, actually) to report that Carvin’s newest “H50AS” stacked-coil humbucking soapbar-shaped pickup works amazingly well in the traditional “neck” position, at least on a Gecko 5-string fretless bass.  I tried one today and I was very happy with its upper-midrange and treble detail.  I had tried these pickups previously in the “bridge” position and found them to be overly aggressive and brash, but those qualities seem to work well in the “neck” position.  (Perhaps this would be a great candidate for a single-pickup “P” style bass?)

Egads! (part deux)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Let’s see now.  Where were we?  Oh yes, I was recounting all I had done in the past two weeks.  I shall continue.



Monday, April 19th, 2010

It’s been a busy 2 weeks since I last posted anything.  Here’s what’s been happening:


The Gary Willis Tone

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Okay, this was unexpected but I thought I’d share it anyway. I think I may have just “nailed” the signature fretless tone that bassist Gary Willis has used (both on Tribal Tech albums and his own solo work) with a bass of my own. However, my bass (aside from being fretless) is just about completely unlike his. (more…)

Gecko “turbo pickup” Black Korina body arrived; general status update

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Yep, it’s finally here!  Actually it got here about a week ago, but I’ve been busy with Other Stuff ™ and haven’t had the chance to post about it yet.  Please forgive the lapse.  Anyway, pictures are here at the forums (again!).


Delano SBC “Driver” pickups

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

At long last, Delano finally offers a pickup in the new “standard” P2 shape for 5-string bass guitars.  I received a pair of these yesterday, and my initial impression is VERY good.  In a word, wow. (more…)

Villex “NVT” pickups

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I just ordered a set of Villex “NVT” pickups (more information here) today.  Woohoo!

“Turbo” pickup placement

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I’m working on a new project, which will (hopefully) involve a Warmoth Gecko 5-string bass body with two soapbar pickups mounted in the “sweet spot” and the “near-bridge” positions.  I’m calling this the “Turbo” configuration, for no better reason than to follow other basses which have had a similar configuration, including the following: (more…)