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Post by Barry on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:57 pm

I've lost count for the moment, but I have something like 7 or 8 UBC pickups which I've removed from Westies over the past few years. I'm too cheap to toss 'em so they sit in boxes on the shelf waiting for...?

I suppose they have scrap value, but when all's said and done they're still pickups and must be useful for something. The only thing I can think of using them for is in cigar box guitars or something similar.

Short of changing magnets or rewinding, has anyone found a useful application for these things? Don\'t Know

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Post by Meadows on Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:58 pm

Never heard them first hand Barry but are they really so bad??

Have we just been spoilt by the 45's etc
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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Barry on Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:22 pm

Meadows wrote:...Have we just been spoilt by the 45's etc
Yup.  Twisted Evil

Put it this way.
The UBC is like a little anorexic girl trying to climb the stairs. You want to force feed her a cinnamon bun for energy!

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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Meadows on Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:07 am

Barry wrote:
Put it this way.
The UBC is like a little anorexic girl trying to climb the stairs. You want to force feed her a cinnamon bun for energy!

That analogy works for me Shocked , shame really given I presume, the build quality of the rest of the guitar. Maybe  flipping a preamp into the circuit might provide the required extra calories? or would that still be like Head Bang

Maybe you could send them over to a luthier school where students can practice their skills at rewinding etc
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Post by Meadows on Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:13 am

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or even

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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Barry on Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:03 am

Roll on Floor Laff

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Post by Barry on Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:27 am

Meadows wrote:...shame really given I presume, the build quality of the rest of the guitar. Maybe  flipping a preamp into the circuit might provide the required extra calories?...
That's pretty much what you need to do. The tone of these things isn't all that bad, if you boost 'em enough.
It's just there's not a lot of range, and not enough "umph" for anything demanding.

I've mentioned elsewhere that when I was actively playing I had replaced the bridge UBC in my ST with a Schaller "Hot Stuff". That pickup smacked my two Strat playing buddies up-side the head and allowed my Westie to cut through.

The problem for me was to keep things balanced. With the remaining neck UBC putting out a max of only 6 KΩ and the Schaller about 14.2 KΩ you can appreciate what happened when I hit the toggle switch! Not often did I use both pups in the same song. tongue


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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Meadows on Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:13 am

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The problem for me was to keep things balanced. With the remaining neck UBC putting out a max of only 6 KΩ and the Schaller about 14.2 KΩ you can appreciate what happened when I hit the toggle switch! Not often did I use both pups in the same song.  tongue

I know what you mean, you can't really gig guitars like that, ok for some studio work/over dubs but not for the road Mad 

Other than your initial thought of cigar box pickups, what about a funky fridge magnet design, or pop one on your desk to keep your paper clips safe or a key fob?.... Don't think you have enough to build one of these yet  Rolling Eyes

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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Westbone on Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:56 pm

There was a UBC that was rewound a little hotter.
Barry owns it... Wink Would go well with a 'Hotter than Hell' Schaller.... Wink.... the split gives you the hot coil 

Wish I would've kept it, he don't use it... sounds ok!

With a split Schaller,,,,,,,,,worth a go! BIG sound.
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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Barry on Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:44 pm

Westbone wrote:There was a UBC that was rewound a little hotter.
Barry owns it... Wink Would go well with a 'Hotter than Hell' Schaller.... Wink.... the split gives you the hot coil 

Wish I would've kept it, he don't use it... sounds ok!

With a split Schaller,,,,,,,,,worth a go! BIG sound.
Damian, I was talking about a condition which no longer applies, my old ST gigging setup. It now sports 2 MMK45's.

Here's the back story on Damian's "true UBC": LINK
I measured it as 8.6 KΩ /5.24 KΩ
note: I see that Photobucket has removed his image links, I guess mine will soon follow. Crying or Very sad

Mate, you sent the UBC as a gift and said you could always make more. Just because I don't have anything to pop it into right now doesn't mean I don't appreciate it. But if you want it back, let me know.

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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Westbone on Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:17 pm

No, it's yours! was just joking.... Laughing...It's a neck pup and is a lot more defined than a MMK 45 and at the neck it does sound fine...I've tried it....but to be honest, anything sounds better than those plastic UBC's... Cool
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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Barry on Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:32 pm

Glad to hear it. Coffee Drinker

So, do you have any ideas for the orphan UBC's? Besides catapulting them into the English Channel let's say?

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Re: What to do with old UBC's?

Post by Westbone on Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:54 pm

Nope! besides over winding the tapped coil... Wink
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