Featured Sheptone’s Miles Bass Pickup Goes the Distance for True Vintage Tone

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    JULIAN, CALIF. — From classic cars to vintage guitars, short-lived designs are often the most sought-after. Sheptone goes the distance to achieve true vintage tone with the introduction of the Miles single coil bass pickup. Designed to accurately reproduce the tone of the milestone Fender 1951 Precision Bass, Sheptone’s Miles bass pickup stays true to the original design specifications and can transform a contemporary bass guitar into a living legend.

    Sheptone’s construction begins with vintage-accurate fiberboard flatwork and Alnico 5 magnets for excellent performance. Plain enamel magnet wire, 42 AWG, is scatterwound for great harmonics and string-wrapped to protect the single coil. Average resistance is 7.32kohms.

    The single-coil design of the Miles bass pickup has a dynamic response that delivers classic, smooth sound with a fat, yet tight, low-end. By simply rolling back the tone, players can walk right into a classic upright bass riff. This is vintage bass tone at its finest.

    While the classic P Bass served as the true-vintage inspiration for the Miles bass pickup, a special cause is the true heart and soul of Sheptone’s design. The son of Nashville bassist Steve Cook, 4-year-old Miles, was diagnosed with hearing loss and recently received life-changing cochlear implants. Miles and the Cook family are staying the course and overcoming obstacles on their journey, and Sheptone wants to help others do the same. Proceeds from the sale of the namesake Miles bass pickup will be donated to further enhance research and education in hearing loss.

    To learn more about the Miles bass pickup and other Sheptone innovations, visit www.sheptone.com.

    $109.00 USD

    Miles 1.jpg IMG_6600.JPG Miles 4.jpg Miles 3.jpg Miles 2.jpg
     
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Looks very interesting
     
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  3. ErikP.Bass

    ErikP.Bass Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    Shep is a GREAT guy as one can see with the donation of the proceeds from this pickup. This has me wanting to pick one up just to have for the day I get a 50s P. Good stuff!
     
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  4. jwoiton

    jwoiton Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Dallas area
    Building a 51 p-bass right now. I already have a pickup purchased but if I don't like it I will definitely look into this one.
     
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  5. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    NYC
    How does this compare to a Duncan Antiquity II?
     
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  6. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    As I understand it, the Antiquity II is supposed to mimic the pickup on a 60s Telecaster Bass whereas the Sheptone above is supposed to very specifically replicate a 1951 P-Bass pickup, and I believe the Antiquity will be a little hotter. The specifics after that are over my head as both appear to use plain enamel magnet wire and alnico v magnets.
     
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  7. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    NYC
    Thanks for that. Good info.
     
  8. I wonder what one of these would sound like in place of the J pickup in a Fender P/J?
     
  9. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Or a standard jazz bridge / neck config using two of these pups instead of jazz pups.
     
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  10. I assume the body would have to modded a little bit to put one in place of a J pickup?
     
  11. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    yeah, or get a blank body and route it correctly from the get go, or order a body already routed from someone like Warmoth.
     

  12. I was thinking of getting one for my Vintage Hot Rod P/J, I'm not crazy about the stock J pickup, I'd have to have someone route it out, I'd ruin it.
     
  13. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    You'll have to stick with another jazz pup for that bass.
     
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  14. Unless I have a luthier route it out. I do really like the TF fretless J pickups though. But I've always wanted a Tele/ early P pickup with a split pickup.
     
  15. wheelsup247

    wheelsup247 Wherever You Go, There You Are. Wear it low. Gold Supporting Member

    I wonder what the difference would be between the Sheptone and the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Stacked 51 (Sting/Dusty Hill) pickup and a an Emerson 250k Short Split Push /Pull Pot that is currently in my slab p. The current one is a bit hot for my taste, I like the nordstrand sound samples best. I just like a pure warm pillowy tone.
     

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