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Donlis Bass Pickups, Analysis and Review

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Antigua Tele, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 2, 2014
    west coast
    This review is of Jazz and P-Bass pickups from Chinese pickup maker Donlis. Both sets feature quality features, including fiber bobbins, cloth hookup wire, taped over coils, and of course, actual AlNiCo 5 pole pieces.


    Donlis Jazz Bass DJ51

    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...32305243957.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.f5WT9e

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    Donlin lists a neck and bridge version of the pickup, and it's not clear how you order one or the other. Based on the 19.3mm spacing, I see that they sent me the bridge pickup.

    At 3.5H inductance, these are very typical of Fender's stick Jazz Bass pickups, a little on the side, but they're identical to the Pure Vintage 74 neck pickup I tested. It's a little low wound for a bridge, but not excessively so. The specs I measured differ from those they listed by a small amount.

    As far as quality goes, there is really nothing to fault. The coils are even tapes with quality cloth tape.

    At about $30 a piece they're about $20 cheaper than the next cheapest option, the Tonerider TRJ1. If you don't mind the lower output wind, it's a really good deal.



    - DC Resistance: 8.30K ohms
    - Measured L: 3.532H
    - Calculated C: 158pF (148 - 10)
    - Gauss: 950G

    unloaded: dV: 15.2dB f: 6.73kHz (black)
    loaded (200k & 470pF): dV: 5.4dB f: 3.24kHz (red)



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    Donlis P-Bass DP51

    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr..._1968789382.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.f5WT9e


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    This is also a "low wound" bass pickup, with a DC resistance of 8.75k, which is lower than the more typical ~10k ohms. The 4.2H inductance is also low, 5H to 6H is more typical.

    Most P-Bass pickups I've measured in that resistance range have loaded peak frequencies in the 2kHz range, where as these show 3.2kHz, which will make for a more treble oriented response. Unlike the KAISH pickups measured here , I wouldn't say these are anemic pickups, they're just on the bright end of the spectrum. They might be great for slap bass, or for getting more brilliance from flat wound strings. I haven't installed them yet, I'll report back with my impressions after having played through them.

    This set is currently going for just under $30, and they're up their with domestic boutiques as far as quality goes, as is Tonerider, which are also made in China, and which these resemble.


    - DC Resistance: 8.75K ohms
    - Measured L: 4.150H
    - Calculated C: 33pF (43 - 10)
    - Gauss: 800G

    unloaded: dV: 14.3dB f: 11.9kHz (black)
    loaded (200k & 470pF): dV: 5.0dB f: 3.21kHz (red)



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  2. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

    172
    Feb 26, 2011
    Spanaway, WA
    It might make a dandy mandolin pickup as well, just using half of the PU.
    Did that with a Fender P Bass PU years ago, it worked well, but looked kind of wierd.
     

  3. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    I split a set of PBass pickups on a 4-string CBG with 4-way switch, so yes these do well for that application. I'd rather have something a little hotter, I'm sure they'll have one to offer soon.
     

  4. archetype

    archetype More tone than talent Ad Free + Supporter

    733
    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Epiphone put a P-bass pickup on its Mandobird which was a solid body mandolin shaped like a tiny Gibson Firebird. They made 4 and 8-string versions. I've never heard one, so I can't comment on tone.
     

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