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. Available in dual or single coil designs, you'll find all the depth of tone you need right here. If you are looking for bottomless bass, they’re also available in our deep voicing single coil incarnation. 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 is a good summary name, we think.
Available to fit 4 string Standard and 5 string Standard and American Standard cavities in all the normal and less-normal configurations.