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Replacing pickups

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PostPosted: 07/09/2003 at 8:23 AM    Post subject: Replacing pickups link

I want to replace the bridge pickup (and maybe the neck) in my TB500. Any suggestions? I'm looking for higher output and clarity. I was thinking a mini hummbucker. Seymore's or Dimarzio's? Also my TB500 has covers over the pickups, are they attached or do they pop off? i.e. after new the pickup is in can I put the cover back over?

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01 Jun 2001
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PostPosted: 07/14/2003 at 6:15 PM    Post subject: RE:Replacing pickups link

Mitch Manina, who worked at TBG 'til the bitter end, wanted a fatter, less trebley tone for his 500. He had me wind him a few pickups before he settled on one that had the sound he wanted. For years, I thought we'd developed the single coil pickup to surpass all others. Later I figured out that we'd done nothing more than clone a P-90. There are aftermarket versions available & a single P-90 at the bridge might be the perfect complement to a stock unit at the neck. Leave the covers on your TB pickups; removal would probably destroy them. (the pickup AND the cover.)

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PostPosted: 07/24/2003 at 4:42 PM    Post subject: RE:Replacing pickups link

Try a Bartolini Hi-A. You may have to get, or fabricate a mounting ring, but the sound is great!

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