Thursday, February 16, 2017

Modern P5 Pbass pickup dimensions

We've had multiple inquiries about the dimensions for our new 'modern' P5 pickup, so here you go

We've chosen to show the arrangement like it would be installed on a 5-string with 19mm bridge spacing.
Here's a set with the non-exposed covers option, installed together with a J5 split-coil
If your instrument isn’t routed for these dimensions, have no fear- we still make the smaller versions that fit on instruments like the Fender and Squier P5’s.
Still have questions on the dimensions? Give us a shout or reply here to this blog post.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Winter NAMM 2017

This year for Winter NAMM 2017, we did a booth share between Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups and Devon Basses. The common thread here was Honey Badger Pickups- Regenerate has been using them for about 3 years now, and the owner of Devon Basses, Devon Smullen, has recently started using them as well.

This was our second year in Hall D, and the change in hall locations has done wonders for us. The show traffic in that hall – or, at least the part of the hall that we have been located in – seems to garner more serious customers and potential customers than other places do, and for that we’re very, very thankful.

This, being our 6th NAMM show where we’ve been exhibitors was a tad strange, however. The traffic was quite a bit slower than in years past. We’re not entirely sure if it was the weather (it was raining like crazy in Southern California) or if it was the prolific case of “NAMMthrax” that was going around (a highly infectious cold/flu/large-scale suckage illness) but there was something a little strange there.

But, as we always do, we persevered. Winter NAMM 2017 was a banner year show for Regenerate and Honey Badger! We came away from the show having made some fantastic new contacts for both companies, and the highest single set of sales figures for any show- in fact, our numbers for this show actually eclipsed the last 2 shows we’ve done! YEAH, US!

We met some fantastic new customers, too- one of which, Rico Cobin, is now an endorser of both Regenerate Guitar Works and Honey Badger Pickups! Rico is an extremely accomplished gospel bassist hailing from South Carolina, and in addition to being a heckuva player, he’s a fine human being as well. He just happened by our booth on the first day of the show and spent quite a bit of time with me, just chatting about life and times while playing the latest bass from Regenerate – a VRB 5.3 P/J (which he fell madly in love with) and after that conversation, he was a virtual fixture in our respective cadres. Rico will be joining us at Winter NAMM 2018 and will be doing demos- and if you’re at the show you will not want to miss that! You can find out more about Rico by clicking here.

Winter NAMM 2017 saw the debut of Honey Badger’s Modern 5-string P-style pickups. Right now, the 5-string P pickup world is kind of the “wild west” with regards to both sizes and layouts. Many manufacturers are making 5 string P’s with a 4-string sized P route; some have a larger pickup housing on the E, A and D side with a smaller pickup housing on the D and G, and some are making a new route size that is scaled up from the 4 string sizes. The scaled-up size is what we are referring to as a “modern” version, and we believe that this will become the standard for 5 string Precision style routes in the very near future. The Honey Badger Modern P-style has all the mid-range growl and low mid-range “thump” you’d expect, but it also has a sweet top-end that is not harsh. Pairing that with a Honey Badger Split-Coil J5 along with Regenerate’s J-Bypass and DuoTone circuit and you have an extended range bass that can do almost anything from Motown to Metal and all points in between- and this was on a bass that no one could believe was passive! Rest assured, however- Honey Badger also makes the other sizes of the 5-string P-style pickups and always will.

Regenerate debuted a very special bass at the show for our artist, Rich Dorkin. Rich plays for the well-known Southern California Rush tribute band, “Visions” – and Regenerate created a very special bass for him. Based on Regenerate’s VRB model, this bass had a AAA full width maple top with an alder body in an absolutely stunning translucent fire red/orange finish, a presentation flamed maple neck and fingerboard with custom fingerboard blocks made out of solid wenge. Rounding out the package was a pair of custom wound Honey Badger J4 Split-Coils and a special VBT passive circuit with a Duo-Tone and a push-pull pot that allowed both parallel and series operation. The idea was to nail the tone from Geddy Lee’s 1972 red Fender Jazz, and according to everyone who heard it, Regenerate exceeded that requirement and then some!

As I said before, Regenerate and Honey Badger’s booth partner was Devon and Jen Smullen from Devon Bass, located in Boerne, Texas. Devon has been around the custom bass community for about 20 years, but this was his first ever NAMM Show. If you haven’t ever seen a Devon Bass, you’re really missing out- Devon Basses are an absolute sight to behold- they’re ART! Completely hand-built, they have some appointments that you just don’t find anywhere else like magnetic holders for service plates, all threaded inserts (there are no screws that go into wood anywhere), a fingerboard round-over on the front of the fingerboard that makes for one of the most comfortable fingerboards you’ve ever played and angled headstocks that require no string trees. Do yourself a favor and check out Devon Bass and find out why Devon’s basses caused the amount of buzz at the show that they did!!!

In closing, I’d like to personally thank everyone who stopped by our booth- friends old and new- and thank the Regenerate/Honey Badger booth crew of Tim Burge, Brian Batey, Jon and Kendra McMillan, our special artist guests of Art Bromage, Jeff Brumley and Austin George, RGW and Honey Badger Sales Manager Nicholas Zentek, as well as Devon and Jen Smullen from Devon Bass, Richard Ruse and Mike Pope from Trickfish Amplification, Julie Tan and Bergen from TC Electronics, Kenny Updegraff from SKB Cases, Donny Tesso from Wilkins Guitars, and last but certainly not least, our fearless leaders Rod and Ember Banach.

See you next NAMM Show!

-Marc Miller
Artist Relations Manager,
Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Standard bass soapbar sizes

 Unlike guitar pickups, bass pickups come in a significant number of sizes. Thankfully the industry has begun to settle down on a couple 'standard' (I use the term loosely) sizes for the more common 4/5/6-string configurations.

 If you're wondering whether one of our soapbar offerings will fit your bass, or you're getting ready to route a new pickup cavity - here's our standard sizes for reference.

 We'll continue to update this post with additional sizes we have available as options (most at no added cost)

Here's an image of our black plastic covers in the popular (top - bottom) P4 6-string, P2 5-string, and BC 4-string sizes

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pickup leads - what wire goes where

 Seems like every pickup maker follows the basic rules on black and white wires, but wires of any other colors can be significantly different from one brand to the next.

 Note that not every wire color is used on every pickup set - only the black and white wires are common for every pickup offering. Some sets will utilize three colors, and a rare few will have four.

 Here's insight into the Honey Badger coloring scheme:

Wire color: Purpose

- Black: Ground lead from the pickup coil. Connect this to common ground on your wiring harness.

- White: Hot lead from the NECK pickup coil, Connect this to the pot terminal lug for this pickup.

- Red: Hot lead from BRIDGE pickup. Connect this to the pot terminal lug for this pickup.

- Green: Ground lead for magnets. Connect this to common ground on your wiring harness.

 Still have questions on which wire goes where? Simply reply to this blog post, or drop us a note with your question and we'll get back to you.

Friday, November 11, 2016

NAMM orders - calendar deadline dates

 With NAMM quickly approaching, we'd like to let you know of the cut-off deadlines for orders that we can guarantee will be shipped by Jan 5th 2017 so you have ample time for install and setup:

Nov 15, 2016

  • Last day to order any non-stock offering, including (but not limited to) custom wooden covers, non-standard pole spacing, custom design services, custom wind services, flatwork cutting, etc...
  • For custom wind services, bobbins must be received prior to close of business on Fri Nov 18
  • In cases where we have exhausted inventory for certain long lead-time items (like EMG 35/40/45 size pickup covers) and the scheduled date for inventory replenishment is after Jan 3, 2017, we will immediately confirm with you prior to accepting your order.

Nov 29, 2016

  • Last day to order stock offerings.
  •  In cases where we have exhausted inventory for certain long lead-time items (like EMG 35/40/45 size pickup covers) and the scheduled date for inventory replenishment is after Jan 3, 2017, we will immediately confirm with you prior to accepting your order.

 Thanks for the opportunity to serve you and your bass pickup needs.

 All of us at HB wish you an outstanding NAMM Show!

Monday, October 31, 2016

One the bench today - 31 Oct 2016

On the bench this week - a custom J4 splits set for a well known builder of high-end basses. Unique here is that the coils for both pickups are housed in 'bridge sized' covers.

This is a common configuration for many builder's 5-string offerings, but the first time we've been asked to provide this in a 4-string set.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another Comparison

Look- let's face it. There's a lot of really good pickup manufacturers out there. We know that. As a player, I've been very fond of Delano Pickups for a long time. Some of it is because they're German (so am I) - but really, it's because Delano's have a very interesting tonality to them. For instance, my reference of a great sounding Fender Jazz Bass has always been Marcus Miller, just like darned near everyone else.  I'm not talking about Marcus's preamp sound- I'm talking about the way his pickups sound even all the way up and down the neck, even above the 12th fret when he slaps- there's no preamp in the world that can make the upper octave of a bass have the same quality as the lower octave, and yet Marcus can get that.  For me, Delano's were that thing, and that's why I preferred them over everything else.

Until I tried the Honey Badgers.

Ok, so look- I work for the company, and it would make sense that I would tout our pickups as the best thing out there, but- I'm also a professional session player, and when the rubber meets the road in the studio, all my sales pitches go out the window if my client doesn't like what they hear or the engineer has to fight with the tone I give them to mix the track.  If I don't have that mindset, I just won't get called for gigs, plain and simple.  Politics be damned- I need to work.

So, for me to use something under the microscope of a recording studio means it had better work the very first time.  Period.

Our good friend, Seattle bassist Sean Fairchild is an endorser of Warwick basses.  Warwick makes their own pickups, and they're great, too- but Sean wanted Delano's in his bass.  They sounded great, too (a lot of it has to do with Sean being a great player) but he wanted to try out Honey Badgers, and when he did, he did what I did- he liked them better than the Delanos.   Again- that's not to say that Delano sounded bad, but they didn't have the ADSR and frequency response that he was looking for, and the Honey Badgers have a way more musically pronounced articulation to them.  If you don't believe me, watch this video and decide for yourself.

-Marc Miller