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nathanpatoubass
Junior
Username: nathanpatoubass

Post Number: 30
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

Hello,
I need to replace the bridge pick up of my Alembic serie 2 from 1982. I 've found a used pick up on internet but I need to make sure that it correspond to the one I need to replace.
The dimension of the used PU is corresponding to my old PU but is there any difference in the impedance?
The PU that is for sale is a AXY 4 pick up with an impedance of 900ohm
DO the original impedance of the pick ups on a Serie 2 from 1982 is 900ohms?
Thanks in advance for your support here.
Regards
Franck
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3870
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 2:31 am:   Edit Post

Hi Franck, for a series bass you need the true single coil Alembic pickup which is the "SC-1 w/hx" . The AXY pickups are hum cancelling pickups and are used in the Stanley Clarke and Mark King signature basses.

The series basses use true single coil pickups and a separate hum cancelling coil and electronics in the bass body to get rid of interference.

Whether an AXY would still work I could not say for sure but I imagine you would have a problem getting the hum cancelling system to work effectively with two different types of pickups.

If you make a call to Alembic, Mica will be able to provide you with the right answer. I can't imagine the cost of a new replacement Series pickup would be much more than the 300 set of AXY's i've seen on ebay.

Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on February 20, 2014)
nathanpatoubass
Junior
Username: nathanpatoubass

Post Number: 31
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:46 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Jazzyvee for your answer. It's highly apreciated.
I will follow your suggestion and will send an email to Mica. She might be able to confirm if the AXY can work or not with the SC 1 w/hx and hum cancelling system.
THanks again Jazzyvee
Franck
count
Intermediate Member
Username: count

Post Number: 139
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:35 am:   Edit Post

Franck, it will not work.
The AXY is a "humbucker"-ish pickup. Where as the Series require singlecoil (SC1) pickups.
nathanpatoubass
Junior
Username: nathanpatoubass

Post Number: 32
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

ok Thanks you for this info. I will need to find the correct pick up then.
I've addressed an email to Mica. I will therefore see what is the cost for replacing an "original" pick up
franck

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