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A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« on: January 17, 2015, 06:05:43 AM »
I've been thinking of trying a new pickup for my RS-900. Are there any drop-in replacements available? A passive model, preferably a humbucker. The stock pickup sounds good (the preamp is bypassed) but I'd like to try something a bit darker and powerful. Closer to Aria SB perhaps (which has approx. the same pickup location and a humbucker).

I found one that should fit:
http://www.bartolini.net/product/bb4cbc-t/

Any others?




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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 06:36:45 AM »
An old friend had the guitar version - looked distinctly metalier (black with floyd rose and pointier headstock).  Love the finish colour on yours

Looks like any soap-bar style thing will fit.... including 90s style TB Plus (someone around here can easily provide measurements).
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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 07:28:35 AM »
Not a fan of Barts, low end too muddy for me.

How long ago did you disconnect the pre?  Maybe give it another shot to see if it's improved with age ;)
« Last Edit: January 17, 2015, 07:33:38 AM by dadagoboi »

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2015, 09:33:19 AM »
I had that exact bass 30 years ago...it was the punchiest bass I ever had...I liked the preamp...everything about it 'cept the fact that you didn't have a bypass switch...

It was brutally clear and punchy...I wouldn't change a thing except maybe re-connect the preamp
« Last Edit: January 17, 2015, 09:45:35 AM by patman »

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 12:43:28 PM »
Not a fan of Barts, low end too muddy for me.

How long ago did you disconnect the pre?  Maybe give it another shot to see if it's improved with age ;)

Thanks for the Bart info, never tried those.

I've had the bass since 2012 and the preamp was disconnected quite soon after that. Mainly because I generally don't like any of my basses having a batteries and as the pickup is the same as on the passive RS800 I figured it would work without the preamp (it does). I also recall that there was some oddity on the bass control; when turned all the way up the output level dropped a bit.

Does anybody have schematics for the preamp? I might try connecting it back. Anyway, I won't do anything that prevents me changing it back to original. It's a great bass, enough Stingray for me. A bit heavy 'though. :)

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 10:19:04 AM »
I do like Barts, I have one in my Bachbird. I would go with the neck version though:

http://www.bartolini.net/product/bb4cbc-b/


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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 04:37:11 AM »
They're hard to find, but cheap when you do: later Ibanez Musician pickups that look like stacked side-by side Jazz Bass pickups. Yours has one of the earlier versions. Later ones sound completely different. Out of curiosity, why did you bypass the preamp? On my Musician, the tone is the same in active or passive until you tweak the EQ, but active is good for when I need more push. It's probably the least "active" sounding bass preamp I've ever heard.

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2015, 06:19:24 AM »
There was some slight "problem" with the bass knob. I recall it didn't increase the bass but more like scooped the sound and dropped the volume a bit too. Also I prefer my basses passive so there was this convenience factor not having to worry about the battery.

Are the controls bass and treble? The latter is surely a treble boost/cut but not sure about the other knob.

Can you link a pic of the later Musician pickup?

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2015, 05:29:24 PM »
I don't even know where to begin looking for one. I bought one years ago off eBay in a parts lot. The pickup came still in the  original shrink-wrapped blisterboard. It was just a nice bonus.

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2015, 05:42:49 PM »
Looks like a T-bird pickup would fit - Thunderbucker, perhaps?
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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 06:14:25 PM »
A Thunderbucker would definitely give it more character. The Musician series of electronics always seemed to be as neutral as possible which really highlight the tonal character of the construction. The Roadster's less expensive build came through. Giving one an intentionally "charactered" pickup will give it a whole new life. Since the Roadster is a little mid-shy, the Thunderbucker should be a perfect fit sonically.

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 06:56:08 PM »
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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2015, 10:27:55 PM »
IIRC Ibanez called this pickup the Super 4. I would not assume that anything mentioned here will fit as a drop-in replacement. Just because it's a soapbar that looks like the same shape doesn't mean the dimensions will be the same.

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2015, 10:49:08 AM »
Dave, I've never made formal measurements, but the dimensions are visually a match to Bart soapbars. The Super 4 has smaller depth with a radiused top though, so depth could be an issue. I never knew the name of the pickup. The later Musician pickup I got off eBay later just said "Musician Bass Pickup" on the blister card and had a part number. I'm sure I kept the packaging, but it's buried in my garage somewhere. I would imagine that later pickup has a different name since it has a double set of adjustable double polepieces, almost 20 years before Fender started making the similar looking stack-paired Jazz MM-sized humbucker but without pole adjustments for the active USA Deluxe series.

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Re: A replacement pickup for an Ibanez Roadster RS-900
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2015, 10:56:45 AM »
BTW, the later "Musician" pickup that I have looks to be the same as the neck pickup in this Destroyer.