Slanted pickups for multiscale 8

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  1. Vanzeplica

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    Hey I plan to start building a carbon fiber 8 soon and was wondering if i would have pickup problems due to a 28.5 to 25.5 scale. Would I need to order specialty slanted pickups or would i be able to get away with painkiller? OR could I switch to 28.5 to 27/26.5 scale?
     
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    If you did go with a 1-1.5" fan you can get away with normal pup's. However, if you go more than that, you're going to have to either use a bass pickup (active or with bars, not pole pieces) with a ~4.5" width, or get custom wound pickups. Nordstrand, Oni, and IIRC Guitar Logistics will all do this for you.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that Vintage Vibe will do slanted ERG pickups on request as well. Is Oni still doing custom pickups?
     
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    The last time I tried, which was a few months ago (Feb.), yes. Here's the pm regarding it.
     
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    So i could get away with 28.5 to 27?
     
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    I am really trying to stay clear of active pickups, thats the only thing. It just seems like 27-30 is way too hard to pass up. The other thing is that the intrepid mahogany body doesn't seem to have too many cool colors :p. If I asked one of those pickup companies to make me a set of 9 string pickups, would it even work to put them in place of the cepheus active pickups? The agile site said that they can only put active pickups in these multiscale customs because the pickups are slanted. and are you saying that if I get more than a 1.5 inch scale, then I have to have active pickups?? lol I feel like such a noob:ugh:
     
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    No, you can have passives made by Nordstrand, Oni, etc...
     
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    Well, yeah Im just saying id have to replace the cephus actives that come with it, and I don't know if that is possible.
     
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    ok well, since the actives seem to be bigger than passives wouldn't that leave a relatively unsightly gap where the actives used to be?
     
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    Depends, your pickups being made by Dan or Nordstrand would be custom anyways so you could probably work something out with them?
     
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    Any custom pickups you have made can be placed in a custom housing that compensates for that gap.
     
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    Has anyone gotten custom 9 string pickups from anywhere. What would be my cheapest (but still quality) option. I know that sounds crazy asking for cheap custom 9 string pickups :lol:
     
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    Im guessing no matter what 200-300 a pop is the cheapest you'll get them because of all the work involved.
     
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    yeah i figured :p idk then. This is weird btw I though I was posting on the thread that I started and then it started posting on this thread...weird. Maybe I messed up. Anyway thanks for the advice :)
     
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    Yep. That's generally what strandberg does, they have a minimal fan, and just use a standard pickup without slanting it.
     
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    You could slant alumitone bass bars?
     
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    You could, but I don't know if it would be big enough. Their largest pickup is 4.5" across, which is generally big enough for a straight 9 or a slanted 8. It might depend on how big the route is.
     
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    The Lace Alumitone Tone Bars are more than big enough to be slanted on a fanned 9-string, and possibly even a 10-string.

    From pole to pole the slanted passive humbucker on my fanned AV8 is ~3.25". The guitar has a 2.5" fan with the perpendicular fret at the 12th fret. In fact, that 4.5" range of the Tonebar is even wider than the whole pickup housing on mine.

    The stright spacing would be roughly 2.85" from lowest to highest strings, so a Tonebar 12 could likely be used for a guitar with as many as 14 strings with conventional solidbody electric guitar string spacing.
     
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    ^^^^^ Doh! Mixing up my fanned-ERG-pickup threads. Yes, the Alumitone would work for this application - a BassBar 4.5/Tonebar 12 should fit the Agile fanned-8 route.
     

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