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Bill and Becky Wilde Pickups
The J-45 is a coaxial coil design incorporating our air spaced micro-coil system, to reproduce a noise free and Traditional Jazz Bass Sound. Nine evenly spaced direct alnico 2 magnets provide a wide magnetic field to perform equally well on most 4 and 5 string basses.
The J45 comes in a black cover with either flush pole pieces or a slight stagger that can accommodate most radii.
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Discussed in Pickup suggestion for Bass VI type build in the TalkBass community
6 String Fixed Guitar Bridge This is the one I'm getting. It's string through the body & the dimensions of the holes say .156. I plan on using no bigger that .105 strings so that should fit through just fine. I decided on pickups and ordered them yesterday. I went with Bill Lawrence P-46 and J-45 set. All the reviews point ... ... more
You may find issues with the middle 2 strings with the P pickup as they will both be sitting adjacent to the magnetic fields of both P coils coils with your tight spacing unless you make the P route so that the halves of the P have less overlap than is normal. I've had some 5-string basses where this was an issue with the ... ... more
Discussed in Doable? Modding a Fender Dimension Bass with a MusicMan style pickup and... in the TalkBass community
What gives is that pole piece alignment with the strings doesn't matter. Look at the Wilde J45 as a case in point. Built by one of the most influential pickup designers who's ever lived. 9 poles evenly spaced, and sold as suitable for both 4 and 5 string basses - in neither case do the poles line up with the strings in ... ... more
tbh, that thing looks more bar magnet than not. but... you kinda do want your strings in the best field region and within the equipotential surfaces but a little deviation of +/- 1 mm isn't too bad given the large poles some pu's have and the ability to adjust the field in z prime. put chamfers on those pole edges and you ... ... more
Discussed in Help with pickups for a strange Fender.. in the TalkBass community
If you get hum cancelling pickups, make sure they're not split coils. A 4-string split coil will have the split in the middle where your A string would go, and it wouldn't sound ... ... more
I've always been interested in the Wilde stuff. Bill's the man and he's been in the game longer than anyone, so I trust that he knows what he's doing. I'll have to give Becky a ... ... more
Discussed in Ken smith jazz pickup basses vs humbucker? in the TalkBass community
Those are Smith labeled Bill Lawrence pickups. Early Smith P and J pickups were made by Kent Armstrong with ceramic magnets and adjustable polepieces just like the soapbar humbuckers. Later Smiths had closed cover Jazz pickups, don't know who made those, then he started using the Lawrence pickups. J-45 ... more
Discussed in "Modern" sounding recommendations for 5-string Jazz in the TalkBass community
Hello. If you were interested in single coil options, I would recommend Klein. The set in my passive Monarch 5 Deluxe is sublime. For humbucking options, consider the following. ... ... more
I'm curious why you recommended what appear to be '62 replicas (can't say for sure, their website has been down) when I asked for modern options. I'm not trying to be snippy, I'm ... ... more
Discussed in Recommendations for Jazz pickups? in the TalkBass community
J-45 Ridiculous value for money! ... more
I've read people say good things about these, but it looks like they're $79/85 per pickup, so outside my budget, unfortunately. Interesting design, though, with the 9 poles. Do ... ... more