B-series pickup cover dimensions

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Hello all,

I'm new here, and figured this would be the place to ask something this specific...

I've been playing around with different pickup designs, and for these latest single-coils I've made, I was kinda going for an updated Rickenbacker 4003 high output sort of vibe. The covers, however, ended up being sized pretty close (visually, anyway) to the pickups in the Guild B-series basses.

So, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to supply me with the dimensions of those pickups (with their covers)... just the basic outer dimensions, width/height/depth?

I've attached some pics of my pickups, in case anyone's curious:






 

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Cant see pics.
Sounds intriguing!!
You mean a Bisonic pup?
I have a 2013 year version if you want it.
 
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Ok, I think I figured out the embedding of the photos... let's try this:







 

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Is this an example of the "Guild B series"?

1981bB-302A.jpg

I'm thinking yes but since some of us are still stuck in the 60's and 70's I figure we need to be reminded of other eras and basses.
 

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Yup, you got it. :encouragement:

I didn't know what else to call them...
No problem. I tend to pontificate and say things like "all Guild electric basses..." and get properly corrected because I should have said "all Starfire basses made in 1969 or earlier..."

That pic is of an instrument that belongs to Grot. Maybe he will consider making a trip to the Vault and getting measurements for you.
 

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So, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to supply me with the dimensions of those pickups (with their covers)... just the basic outer dimensions, width/height/depth?
1.160" X 3.748"
Depth will have to wait till another day.
I'm sure you know why.
Your description as "B series" is very accurate.
I like your project.
 
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1.160" X 3.748"
Depth will have to wait till another day.
I'm sure you know why.
Your description as "B series" is very accurate.
I like your project.

Thank you, Guzzitd63! Much appreciated!

Yeah, no depth measurement is fine... that's not quite as important, anyway. With these measurements, I can probably get a good guesstimate on depth from photos on the internet.


My pickups are just a tad larger than the B series pickups. I wasn't designing specifically for these basses (would have gotten measurements first :p ), but figured it would be cool if they did fit. Mine are 1.3" X 3.95" X .75".
 

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Thank you, Guzzitd63! Much appreciated!

Yeah, no depth measurement is fine... that's not quite as important, anyway. With these measurements, I can probably get a good guesstimate on depth from photos on the internet.


My pickups are just a tad larger than the B series pickups. I wasn't designing specifically for these basses (would have gotten measurements first :p ), but figured it would be cool if they did fit. Mine are 1.3" X 3.95" X .75".
I'm happy to have been of assistance.
As I said, your pickups look like well engineered pieces.
Your dimensions are very close to Bartolini Soapbars, correct?

I looked for and could not find the name that Guild called these pickups.
They have a unique footprint and are getting rare and hard to find.
I suppose I'll have to have mine rewound it the need ever arise.
 
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I'm happy to have been of assistance.
As I said, your pickups look like well engineered pieces.
Your dimensions are very close to Bartolini Soapbars, correct?

I looked for and could not find the name that Guild called these pickups.
They have a unique footprint and are getting rare and hard to find.
I suppose I'll have to have mine rewound it the need ever arise.

They sit right between the Bartolini BC and BD shapes... they could fit into a route for their BD shape, but are a tad to wide for their BC shape (by .05"), depending on how close the routes are to the pickup size. I may very well do a little resizing so they match exactly, since that's a pretty popular shape/size.
 

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Hi SlowburnAZ, Cool project mate. I believe they were are called Guild DP8. (Double pole 8).
All the best.
 

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I believe they were are called Guild DP8. (Double pole 8).
Thanks Hagmeat! I believe you are 100% correct.
(I knew it was a simple, self-discriptive name but I couldn't get BS, BP, DS clutter out of my head.)
 

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I have nothing to add, but would love to hear some sound samples! A lot of folks here are fans of single coil bass pickups
 
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I have nothing to add, but would love to hear some sound samples! A lot of folks here are fans of single coil bass pickups

Here ya go... https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aWXTOl7J0vqItWVVIfFnqTXlPqZ7MWCf

I've got two of these pickups in my test bed Jazz bass. There's a large "swimming pool" route in it so I can place the pickups in pretty much any position. For this clip, the 2 pickups are in the modern Rickenbacker bass positions, meaning the bridge pickup is in the 36th fret position, and the neck pickup is in the 24th fret position. The sound clip starts with both pickups on full, then neck only, and finally bridge only. Recorded with a LightSnake cable direct to computer using Audacity. Bass has an Audere 4-band preamp, set flat.
 

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Here ya go... https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aWXTOl7J0vqItWVVIfFnqTXlPqZ7MWCf

I've got two of these pickups in my test bed Jazz bass. There's a large "swimming pool" route in it so I can place the pickups in pretty much any position. For this clip, the 2 pickups are in the modern Rickenbacker bass positions, meaning the bridge pickup is in the 36th fret position, and the neck pickup is in the 24th fret position. The sound clip starts with both pickups on full, then neck only, and finally bridge only. Recorded with a LightSnake cable direct to computer using Audacity. Bass has an Audere 4-band preamp, set flat.
Interesting. I don't like the neck alone (s played on my laptop speakers) which is strange. Thank you.
 

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Here ya go... https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aWXTOl7J0vqItWVVIfFnqTXlPqZ7MWCf

I've got two of these pickups in my test bed Jazz bass. There's a large "swimming pool" route in it so I can place the pickups in pretty much any position. For this clip, the 2 pickups are in the modern Rickenbacker bass positions, meaning the bridge pickup is in the 36th fret position, and the neck pickup is in the 24th fret position. The sound clip starts with both pickups on full, then neck only, and finally bridge only. Recorded with a LightSnake cable direct to computer using Audacity. Bass has an Audere 4-band preamp, set flat.
Thanks, I like them. I'm 100% a flatwound string user though, but I could see these sounding great in that context too. Adjustable pole pieces are a huge plus in my book too... I generally won't buy pickups unless they have them. I know some folks claim they makes minimal difference, but I can say with full confidence that it's really the only way to balance out string-to-string volume differences which will vary with just about any set to some degree.
 
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Adjustable pole pieces are a huge plus in my book too...I know some folks claim they makes minimal difference, but I can say with full confidence that it's really the only way to balance out string-to-string volume differences which will vary with just about any set to some degree.
I got pretty sold on them after buying a set of DiMarzio DP-123s (aftermarket "Jazz"). Agreed that they really let you fine tune for even string response. When uneven response results from poor string-spacing/polepiece alignment rather than polepiece height, blades are another solution: DiMarzio DP-127s solved that sort of issue for me on a P-Bass clone.

Thanks for the clip, SlowburnAZ!
 
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Thanks, I like them. I'm 100% a flatwound string user though, but I could see these sounding great in that context too. Adjustable pole pieces are a huge plus in my book too... I generally won't buy pickups unless they have them. I know some folks claim they makes minimal difference, but I can say with full confidence that it's really the only way to balance out string-to-string volume differences which will vary with just about any set to some degree.

I agree, especially when the neck has a small radius profile.

I slapped my D'Addario flats on the bass and recorded the clip again, for comparison: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_JlMl690mWHGv78E3EZjuYWMaNhNdeNb
 
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