Custom 1970's Musicmaster Style Bass Pickup
Alnico 5 Magnets
7.0K to 7.5K Ohms
| To reduce costs on this budget model bass, Fender often used a Musicmaster
or Stratocaster 6 pole guitar pickup hidden in a solid top black plastic cover.
Using a 6 pole guitar pickups works but it is less than ideal. What we have
done is to custom develop a four (4) pole version which matches the 2-3/16” Musicmaster
Bass string spacing. By lining up the poles directly under the associated
strings you get more punch and articulation. Additionally, we also use slightly
longer magnets which allows us to boost the output from the typical 5.7K ohms to
approx. 7K++ ohms again enhancing the tone. The pickup is about 1/8” taller than
a standard pickup but will fit into vintage or re-issue Musicmaster Basses with
no modifications to either the body routing or the pickguard.