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    Thinking about getting new pickups for my Jackson five string. I picked up an Ibanez 4 string a few months ago and it sounds fantastic. Compared to it, my Jackson sounds dull. I figured that I would put a new set of strings on and see if that made a difference. While it now sounds better, not good enough. So, I went into the pickup section of the website and saw that Duncan is now offering bass soap bars under the Blackout moniker. I figure that if they are anything like the guitar Blackouts, then they should suit me just fine. On the odd chance that someone has had some experience with them, do you think that they would be a significant improvement over the stock Jackson pickups?

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    Re: Bass Blackouts

    Well, combining them with a Blackout preamp would get you a bass and treble control, which, to me, is an improvement over a passive tone control. Providing there is room for your battery.
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #3
      Re: Bass Blackouts

      Originally posted by Mincer View Post
      Well, combining them with a Blackout preamp would get you a bass and treble control, which, to me, is an improvement over a passive tone control. Providing there is room for your battery.
      The Jackson is active with dual volumes and TMB controls. I'm hoping that the Blackouts would be a straight swap for the Jackson oems.

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by Demanic View Post
        The Jackson is active with dual volumes and TMB controls. I'm hoping that the Blackouts would be a straight swap for the Jackson oems.

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        Well, that, I don't know. If you go through with it, let me know. It should be fine, as you can use the Blackouts with any preamp (apparently). I haven't tried every one.
        Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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        • #5
          Re: Bass Blackouts

          Duncan has had EMG shaped soapbar bass pickups for years. Since the Basslines days.


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          • #6
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            if I liked the Ibanez
            I would look at Ibanez pickups

            my 500 has the Bartolini MK pickups
            I wonder who owns those?
            EHD
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            • #7
              Re: Bass Blackouts

              Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
              if I liked the Ibanez
              I would look at Ibanez pickups

              my 500 has the Bartolini MK pickups
              I wonder who owns those?
              Those Bartolini mkIs are the Bartolini equivalent of Duncan Designed. They used to be made in Korea, but I don't know if that's still the case. That being the case they're not available after market, though Bartolini will sell you pickups made in the US that will fit those routs.
              Originally posted by crusty philtrum
              And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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              • #8
                Re: Bass Blackouts

                used on ebay $40
                https://www.ebay.com/i/313088467448?...lgv%3DDefault#

                these should sound more like the Ibanez

                these are new from Pitbull Audio

                https://www.pitbullaudio.com/bartoli...-position.html
                Last edited by ehdwuld; 05-28-2020, 07:36 PM.
                EHD
                Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                • #9
                  Re: Bass Blackouts

                  Not sure exactly what model the ones in the Ibanez are. Here's a photo.

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                  • #10
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                    Apparently Ibanez calls them PFR's.

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                    • #11
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                      https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Ibanez-...s/253210963733

                      those wont fit the Jackson though will they?
                      EHD
                      Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                      RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                      SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                      Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                      Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                      Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                      Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                      GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bass Blackouts

                        Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
                        https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Ibanez-...s/253210963733

                        those wont fit the Jackson though will they?
                        Nope. I checked out the five string version and they have three mounting screws, the Jackson's have only two.
                        The Bass Blackouts also have two. It looks like they also have the same wiring.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bass Blackouts

                          I thought of putting Carvin pickups in my Ibanez basses
                          but then I played them and thought

                          Nah
                          EHD
                          Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                          RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                          SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                          Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                          Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                          Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                          Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                          GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bass Blackouts

                            Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
                            used on ebay $40
                            https://www.ebay.com/i/313088467448?...lgv%3DDefault#

                            these should sound more like the Ibanez

                            these are new from Pitbull Audio

                            https://www.pitbullaudio.com/bartoli...-position.html
                            Those aren't the same pickups; the eBay set are MkIs pulled from an import bass while the set from Pitbull are real, MIA Bartolinis.
                            Originally posted by crusty philtrum
                            And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Bass Blackouts

                              hmm

                              is the Ibanez not an import bass

                              MK1 is whats in mine

                              same same
                              Last edited by ehdwuld; 05-29-2020, 09:51 PM.
                              EHD
                              Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                              RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                              SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                              Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                              Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                              Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                              Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                              GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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