Bartolini has made a lot of stuff over the years, but this is something they made that you probably haven’t seen before – a bass pickup with adjustable sliding pole pieces.

This bass guitar is in fact available for sale on an eBay auction right now at the time this is written.

Here are the photos of the instrument. Click any to enlarge to full size.

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3 Responses to “Bartolini Pickup With Slider-Adjustable Pole Pieces”

  1. This isn’t any sorcery, magic, or any voodoo associated with this pickup. This is simply a unique concept from Lieber bass. The pickup is a Bartolini pickup that you will probably never see sold individually. You can read more about this particular company in American Basses if you own the book. If not I have included almost the full transcript from the book regarding it, and the company itself…. “Reading a 1972 Guitar Player article about the first Alembic bass inspired a young bassist named Thomas Lieber to consider becoming a builder. He was serious enough to pakc up and head west, in search of the instrument’s creators. When he arrived at Alembic’s door, he offered his services as an apprentice —– only to be told there were no positions available. Fortunately, Lieber was referred to Doug Irwin, a former Alembic associate who had recently set out on his own. Thomas secured a job as Irwin’s assistant, helping him to design and build instruments for Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and other San Francisco notables. After further studies with Steve Klein, focusing on acoustic instruments, Lieber returned to the East and established his own business.”
    “Lieber first gained notice for his Spider Grinder acoustic bass guitar, which was based on concepts he developed while working with Irwin. This large, single-cuttaway instrument has a dual bowl synthetic back, a hand-curved top, and a mahogany neck. The body design was sufficiently unique to be awarded a patent—and to get the attention of Stanley Clarke, who bout one in 1979. Impressed by Thomas’s work, he suggested they colloborate on an all-composite solidbody bass guitar. Lieber and Clarke went into business together in 1980 as the Spellbinder Corporation, producing 50 Spellbinder basses (plus one custom left-handed model, as a gift for Paul McCartney) and then destroying the molds, thus guaranteeing “limited edition” status for the instruments.”

    November 22, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply or Post a new comment
  2. Actually, the sliding pole pieces is something I saw before on Bob Daisley’s Black Beauty Signature bass…

    November 23, 2013 at 1:19 am - Reply or Post a new comment

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