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Bartolini

Bartolini Pickups/Electronics

Bartolini first appeared at the dawn of replacement pickups for electric instruments in the Early 1970’s. Started by Bill Bartolini in 1973, Bartolini Pickups and Electronics was one of the very first companies to offer a pickup that was not from one of the big 5 guitar companies Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild or Rickenbacker. Although he may not have known it at the time Bill and his pickup contemporaries like Larry Dimarzio and Overland (EMG) were in the right place at the right time. Fender and Gibson had been bought out by CBS and Norlin. And the revolution in musical styles of the late 60’s and early 70’s created the demand for new instruments and tone qualities that went beyond those of the previous years. Bartolini and others experimented with new concepts in tonal quality, which led to an offering of replacements that quite effectively re-voiced these instruments and allowed their customers get the sound they wanted out of the instruments they already had; it was a perfect solution.

The 70’s and 80’s was to be the era of guitar modification At the same time many young, soon to be famous, luthiers were learning their trade and they needed to figure out were the pickups where to come from. Some of these new luthiers had the desire for a more modern pickup design and sound. Bill worked closely with these builders creating many unique pickup designs to bring out the full range and accuracy of their instruments response- “you can hear the wood” was a common response. He also defined the many different shapes and sizes of pickups that we see today. The sounds and shapes of these Bartolini pickups is now the standard that we compare all other pickups to. To this day Bartolini offers more shapes of pickups and pre-wired on-board electronic harness configurations than any other company. A list of luthiers that have used Bartolini reads like a who’s who of modern bass building. Tobias, Pedulla, Ibanez, Spector, Zon, Roscoe, Elrick, Warrior have all used Bartolini’s, and a few use them almost exclusively.

We are proud to be full-line stocking dealers for Bartolini. We recommend them equally to any bass modders and experienced luthiers alike. They are very satisfying to install for first timers. You will notice a night and day difference in the tone of your instrument. If you are starting a bass building business and are wondering what pickups and pre-wired harnesses to be using look no further. Bartolini is the perfect choice. It’s always a challenge to find buyers for your spec-built bass that agree with every choice you made in the specifications. Bartolini pickups will help you avoid having to sell someone on the pickups you chose for it. Used on countless thousands of custom basses, Bartolini is the original custom bass pickup.

Bartolini Bass Pickups

Bartolini Bass Preamps

Bartolini Guitar Pickups

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Bartolini Pickup Drawings and Dimensions (pdf file)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Where Can I Buy Bartolini?

Answer: You can buy these from Best Bass Gear by Calling 877-839-3531 or Emailing us at sales@bestbassgear.com or chatting with our Bass Techs

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  1. Bartolini XTCT-2.4 Pre-Wired Harness

    $184.00
    3 Band EQ, 3 Pots: (Treble/Bass Stack) (Mid with 250/800Hz push-pull) (Volume)
    Bartolini XTCT-2.4 Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  2. Bartolini XTCT-4.4 Pre-Wired Harness

    $192.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots: (Treble/Bass Stack) (Mid with 250/800Hz push-pull) (Neck Volume) (Bridge Volume)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.4 Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  3. Bartolini XTCT-5.3 Pre-Wired Harness

    $208.00
    3 Band EQ, 5 Pots, 1 Toggle: (Bass) (Mid) (250,500,800Hz Mid Toggle) (Treble) (Bridge Volume) (Neck Volume)
    Bartolini XTCT-5.3 Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  4. Bartolini XTCT-4.2J Pre-Wired Harness

    $144.00
    2 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Neck Volume) (Bridge Volume) (Treble) (Bass)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.2J Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  5. Bartolini XTCT-4.2APJ Pre-Wired Harness

    $152.00
    2 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Neck Volume with Pull-Bypass Switch) (Bridge Volume) (Treble) (Bass)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.2APJ Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  6. Bartolini XTCT-4.5J Pre-Wired Harness

    $152.00
    2 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Volume) (Blend) (Treble) (Bass)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.5J Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  7. Bartolini XTCT-4.4J Pre-Wired Harness

    $192.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Neck Volume) (Bridge Volume) (Mid with 250/750Hz push-pull) (Treble/Bass Stack)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.4J Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  8. Bartolini XTCT-4.4APJ Pre-Wired Harness

    $204.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Neck Volume with Pull-Bypass Switch) (Bridge Volume) (Mid with 250/750Hz push-pull) (Treble/Bass Stack)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.4APJ Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  9. Bartolini XTCT-4.6J Pre-Wired Harness

    $196.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots Jazz Layout: (Volume) (Blend) (Mid with 250/750Hz push-pull) (Treble/Bass Stack)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.6J Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  10. Bartolini XTCT-4.2 Pre-Wired Harness

    $144.00
    2 Band EQ, 4 Pots: (Neck Volume) (Bridge Volume) (Treble) (Bass)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.2 Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  11. Bartolini XTCT-4.7J Pre-Wired Harness

    $216.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots, 1 toggle Jazz Layout: (Volume) (Blend) (Mid) [250,500,750Hz Mid Toggle] (Treble/Bass Stack)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.7J Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  12. Bartolini XTCT-2.5 Pre-Wired Harness

    $176.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots: (Volume) (Treble) (Mid with 250/750Hz push-pull) (Bass)
    Bartolini XTCT-2.5 Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  13. Bartolini XTCT-4.4AP Pre-Wired Harness

    $204.00
    3 Band EQ, 4 Pots: (Neck Volume with Pull-Bypass Switch) (Bridge Volume) (Mid with 250/750Hz push-pull) (Treble/Bass Stack)
    Bartolini XTCT-4.4AP Pre-Wired Harness XTCT is similar to the original TCT on-board preamp, but it has a mid-frequency notch at 500Hz for slap tone with more bass. The XTCT has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and wide adjustment...
  14. Bartolini J Soapbar Pickups

    $116.00 - $124.00
    4, 5, & 6 string Jazz-Bass Soapbar Pickups
    Bartolini J Soapbars Get the tone that fits your sound in the shape that fits your bass! The Bartolini Original Series J-Bass® pickups are now available in all our soapbar shapes, giving bassists and luthiers unprecedented flexibility in...
  15. Bartolini P Soapbar 5-String M45J-B Neck Pickup

    $150.00
    Jazz bass voice in the a popular 5 string soapbar shape. A common passive upgrade for active basses.
    P Soapbar - M45J-B Get our Original J-Bass voice in the shape that fits your bass! J Soapbars are our legendary Original Series J-Bass® pickups in a soapbar shape, giving bassists and luthiers unprecedented flexibility in tone and construction....
  16. Bartolini DPTT-MbkFLT1 Mid Switch / Pre-Wired Mid Switch 250/500/800 Black

    $37.20
    DPTT-MbkFLT1 Mid Switch / Pre-Wired Mid Switch 250/500/800 in Flat Black

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Where Can I Buy Bartolini?

Answer: You can buy these from Best Bass Gear by Calling 877-839-3531 or Emailing us at sales@bestbassgear.com or chatting with our Bass Techs

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