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    EMG EMG-40DC Dual Coil 5-String Active Bass Pickup EMG EMG-40DC Dual Coil 5-String Active Bass Pickup
    EMG EMG-40DC Dual Coil 5-String Active Bass Pickup

    Beefy yet brilliantly clear sound.

    $99.00
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    $129.99
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    Basslines SJ5-3S Quarter-Pounder Pickup for 5-String Jazz Bass Set Basslines SJ5-3S Quarter-Pounder Pickup for 5-String Jazz Bass Set
    Basslines SJ5-3S Quarter-Pounder Pickup for 5-String Jazz...

    This is a high-output true single-coil pickup set for 5-string bass guitar. Recommended for blues, classic...

    $124.95
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    EMG EMG-45DC Dual Coil 6-String Active Bass Pickup EMG EMG-45DC Dual Coil 6-String Active Bass Pickup
    $99.00
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    EMG 45HZ Passive 6 String Bass Pickup EMG 45HZ Passive 6 String Bass Pickup
    $89.00
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    Aguilar AG 5J-HC 5-String Bass Pickup Set Aguilar AG 5J-HC 5-String Bass Pickup Set
    $219.00
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    Bartolini Original Bass Series 6-String Bass M5 Soapbar Split Coil Neck Pickup Bartolini Original Bass Series 6-String Bass M5 Soapbar Split Coil Neck Pickup
    $125.00
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    DiMarzio DP552 Area J Jazz 5-String Bass Neck/Bridge Pickup Set DiMarzio DP552 Area J Jazz 5-String Bass Neck/Bridge Pickup Set
    DiMarzio DP552 Area J Jazz 5-String Bass Neck/Bridge Pickup...

    Warmth, sustain, and a clean, singing tone.

    $139.99
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    $199.99
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    $130.19
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    Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Pickups Set Long/Short Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Pickups Set Long/Short
    $147.00
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    EMG 40HZ Passive 5 String Bass Pickup EMG 40HZ Passive 5 String Bass Pickup
    $89.00
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    $109.99
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    Bartolini Classic Bass Series 6-String Bass P4 Soapbar Dual Coil Bridge Pickup Bartolini Classic Bass Series 6-String Bass P4 Soapbar Dual Coil Bridge Pickup
    $115.00
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    Bartolini Classic Bass Series 6-String Bass P4 Soapbar Dual Coil Neck Pickup Bartolini Classic Bass Series 6-String Bass P4 Soapbar Dual Coil Neck Pickup
    $115.00
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    Seymour Duncan SMB-5A MusicMan Alnico 5-String Bass Pickup Seymour Duncan SMB-5A MusicMan Alnico 5-String Bass Pickup
    $84.95
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    $121.00
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    Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String Bass P2 Soapbar Dual Coil Neck Pickup Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String Bass P2 Soapbar Dual Coil Neck Pickup
    $110.00
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    $137.00
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    Aguilar AG 5M - 5 String MusicMan Pickup Aguilar AG 5M - 5 String MusicMan Pickup
    $119.00
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    $159.00
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  3. Bartolini Classic Bass Series 4-String J Bass Dual Coil Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short Bartolini Classic Bass Series 4-String J Bass Dual Coil Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short
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  4. Bartolini 72M45C-B Original Bass Series 5-String Bass M4 Dual Coil Soapbar Neck Pickup Bartolini 72M45C-B Original Bass Series 5-String Bass M4 Dual Coil Soapbar Neck Pickup
    $123.00
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  1. Bartolini Original Bass Series 5-String Bass M4 Dual Coil Soapbar Bridge Pickup Bartolini Original Bass Series 5-String Bass M4 Dual Coil Soapbar Bridge Pickup
    $123.00
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  2. Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String J Bass Dual Coil Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String J Bass Dual Coil Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short
    $76.00
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  3. Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Neck Pickup Short
    $76.00
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  4. Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Bridge Pickup Long Bartolini Classic Bass Series 5-String American Std J Bass Bright Tone Bridge Pickup Long
    $76.00
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When it comes to customizing your bass tone, a simple upgrade to your pickups might be all it takes to completely transform your sound. There's a seemingly endless range of bass pickups on today's market, including pickups made specifically for 5-string bass models - and that's exactly what you'll find in this catalog. From EMG and Bartolini to DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan, these companies specialize in 5-string bass pickups for every make and model. Whether you play intricate jazz scales or faster-than-lightening metal bass licks, there's a 5-string bass pickup here for you.

Before delving too quickly into your options, it helps to understand the difference between passive and active pickups. The original bass pickups were passive and produced a sound by using large magnets. If you want a warm, punchy tone that's similar to what can be heard on classic Motown and British Invasion recordings, you can't go wrong with passive pickups. On the other hand, active pickups use a battery-powered preamp that allows you to have more control over your tone. Active pickups use smaller magnets than passive pickups (so they pick up less external noise) and they often have a louder output than passive pickups (which is why they're so popular with metal bassists).

So let's take a look at some options. In the passive department you'll discover many best sellers, and the Bartolini 57J1 5-String Vintage Jazz Bass Pickup Set is a great example of how far passive pickups have come. They have a bright neck tone and their dual coil design produces very low noise. Now, if an active pickup sounds like what you prefer, turn your attention to the EMG EMG-40DC Dual Coil 5-String Active Bass Pickup. The exceptional clarity yet beefy low end of this pickup is the result of parallel placed coils. Additionally, it includes EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect Cable, prewired solid shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set and adjustment screws.

With all this being said, both active and passive pickups are used by bassists from every genre, and the choice you ultimately go with will boil down to personal preference. For this reason, you might want to consider trying out both active and passive pickup designs. Just remember that when you're ready to make a choice, this section has more than enough 5-string bass pickups to choose from.

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