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A true UBC pickup

Post by Westbone on Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:58 am

A true UBC pickup.
Black plastic bottom pup. As on Spectrum ST's and such. Neck position.



Don't worry it's not standard...(they don't exist).. Very Happy ...rewound one side of the pup.
Will try it out sometime.

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Barry on Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:19 pm

Razz

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Westbone on Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:12 pm

It'll be on it's way to you Barry.

Thank you for all your help... Smile

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Barry on Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:50 pm

Hey Damian, very nice offer, but only if you're sure you have no use for it eh? king  

I think it might find its way into the X125 I recently got from Gittarasaurus. The GFS Crunchy Pat is a tad too hot for it.  Thinking

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Westbone on Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:41 am

No problem can always do another IF needed.
Tried it out last night. Sounds fine, no volume drop when tapped.
The tapped sound is a subtle change from full on, just a tad brighter.
Nice at the neck with the Darkstar bridge.

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Barry on Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:40 am

Hey hey! Finally, a real UBC. And apparently working as TP had envisioned.
Nice work mate.

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The UBC lives!!

Post by Barry on Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:36 pm

Damian!
You magnificent bugger you!
This pickup is just wot the Dr. ordered! 

I brought the X125 in to work today and swapped out the GFS Crunchy Pat that I had installed sometime ago. (Things have been dead here lately)

Man, this "UBC" sounds just great in this guitar, and without the need to add a tone pot. Just the right amount of punch on full, and a very nice clarity on the cut without losing major volume. Just as TP had pictured it I expect.

I wonder why these were never mass produced? They're certainly terrific in the right guitar.

Back story, for them wot cares:
I picked up a pair of cheap MMK45's in dubious condition not long ago. One was fine, the other had a broken coil connection which I couldn't repair. I also happened to have another 45 in similar condition already in a Vantage Entertainar. So...I took the good coils from each to make one good 45 which I used to make the Vantage whole again.

Knowing Damian was a collector and tinkerer, I contacted him to see if he could make use of the 2 bum coils. He said sure, so off they went. Next thing I know he's rewound one of the coils and done this clever little UBC creation. Which he then returned to me!

A BIG Canuck thanks Damian for such a wonderful gesture! This guitar has gone from an interesting collector's novelty to guitar that is actually a damn good player. So, much appreciated! 

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Westbone on Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:43 pm

Wink No problemo!

Just my way of saying "thank you" to Barry, who drove to the other side of town to collect some pickups for me and post them on.
Saved a good few bob on customs and handling charges.
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Update the Second

Post by Barry on Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:25 pm

Well, since that last post in July, I have been fiddling with the UBC in this guitar and I am sad to say that it just isn't working out quite as well as I had first hoped.

I hasten to add that it's no fault of the new improved UBC pickup. Damian did a fantastic job on it, and it sounds great.
No, the problem is that this model "Spectrum" is based on American Strat string spacing (much wider), the trem is a standard Strat style.

Add to this the fact that this is really a Neck pup and slightly narrower to begin with and you end up with this (usual apologies for the crap pictures from my old phone camera under fluorescent lights):




Unfortunately, by the time you get to the treble side of the string pack the high E is so far off the pole it can barely be heard. Sad
No amount of raising the mount or the poles would compensate enough:



Alas, the only cure was yet another pickup swap. This time using one of a pair of 'no-name' MIK lower output pickups that I had got stuck with in a transaction gone horribly bad some time ago. (you can read that sorry saga starting from this post if you're a masochist).

These too, were Neck pups so the spacing isn't dead on, but it is light years closer than the UBC was:



It turns out that this pickup had just the right amount of "omph!" for this guitar without being overpowering, just a tad over 8k. And the coil cut has a pleasant enough tone even at 4k'sh. Remember the guitar has no tone control so the goal was to try and keep at least the outward appearance as stock as possible while managing to deliver enough output to be respectable. So far, so good. I like the tone very much.

And it is much more satisfying to hear all the strings in a chord. Coffee Drinker
Thanks again Damian. I shall have to find a more suitable home for your creation.

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Re: A true UBC pickup

Post by Westbone on Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:06 pm

Exactly, it is a neck pup... Smile

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