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Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:43 am
by murphbass
They appear to be single coils. Are they a proprietary pickup? An EMG one-off? I love the sound of that bass.

Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:54 am
by yodasfro
You could message Geoff Gould on facebook and he should be able to tell you.

https://www.facebook.com/ggould.music/

Some info here.
https://www.rukind.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 9&start=15

Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:08 pm
by murphbass
Thanks, Yodasfro!

I messaged Geoff and he responded promptly. From his mouth (keyboard):

'well, this one is easy, this bass is copied off of mine. They are Bartolini pickups, custom housing I designed. The neck pickup is a single coil (vertical humbucker), the middle is a split-coil (like a P Bass), and the bridge pickup is a side by side humbucker.'

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Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:30 pm
by zambiland
I have a pair I took out of my Modulus which looks just like that one (minus the neck pickup). Let me know if you are interested. I replaced them with Alembic pickups.
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Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:57 am
by Rusty the Scoob
How's the Alembicized Modulus sound? That'd have to be a cool setup!

Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:54 am
by zambiland
Rusty the Scoob wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:57 am
How's the Alembicized Modulus sound? That'd have to be a cool setup!
It's a work in progress. It doesn't sound nearly as good as the Starfire. It also doesn't sound as good as the newer TBX Moduli, but I'm not sure why. It's kind of midrange-y, which I thought the Alembic pickups would help, but not so much. It might be because of pickup placement.

Re: Whick pickups in Phil's '83 Modulus?

PostPosted:Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:49 pm
by zambiland
Rusty the Scoob wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:57 am
How's the Alembicized Modulus sound? That'd have to be a cool setup!
Update: I took off the Pyramid flats, put on some DR Sunbeams, bumped up the action a bit and this thing now sounds amazing. I still want to put a real bridge on there, but it really does the job as it is. I'm also waiting for a middle pickup for Alembic.

In the meantime, I got a newer Modulus TBX with regular spacing, with Bartolinis, that sounds killer, but my hands are really too small to cope with the big neck, so I think it's going to have to go. It's got amazing punch, the B string is awesome, and the finger style tone is just amazing. They knew what they were doing!