The original Bartolini design gives you the timeless tone that started it all – full and warm for that vintage tone you've been craving, enhancing the natural voice of your bass. These inline dual coil pickups are hum-cancelling even when only playing the neck or bridge pickup, so they are well suited for studio or stage. Original Barts bring out your voice, low and clear.
Back in the early ‘70s, Bill Bartolini started developing upgrade pickups for professional musicians. With the new popularity of Jazz basses, their limitations for use in the studio made many professional bass players come to Bartolini for help. As a physicist and acoustic guitar luthier, he leveraged his deep knowledge of acoustics to create pickups that produce the most natural, musical voice from the instrument. He added shielding to block radio signals and noise. He developed a method of sealing, isolating, and stabilizing the coils so they could be encapsulated in epoxy to eliminate “microphonics” – the nasty noise you get when you touch typical pickups.
For a long time, we didn’t really have a name for this series because they were our only series. They were just “our bass pickups”. We’ve heard them called by many names like “Deep Tones”, “Old-School”, and “The Best Bass Pickup Ever”. Bartolini Original Series is a good summary name, we think.
Available in versions for neck (Bass, -B) and bridge (Treble, -T).