Aguilar 4P-60 & Nordstrand NP4 Blind Taste Test w/ Audio!
Been always curious to try a blind run on these. I tried to also test some Duncan Antiquity II's but I couldn't fit them in my bass.
For testing purposes I used a Yamaha BB424 straight into a console and Pro Tools, no EQ.
The samples are a bit long. I was just noodling. I should've made shorter samples and more long notes. Didn't put too much thought into it. My slapping was awkward mostly due to playing on a really tall stool with no strap, but whatever.
I won't tell you what clip is what. I'll see if you guys can guess. Any feedback and opinions of preference would be great. I'll reveal it after some chatter has passed.
Even though I've used Nordstrands a few times this is more of a guess than anything:
Pickup A: NP4
Pickup B: Aguilar
Do you have a preference between the 2?
Cool test! I have a Nordstrand NP5 in my bass and even though i like it, I've been very curious about the Aguliars. I'm also guessing but I say....
I hope you post the results soon!
By the way, I slightly prefer track A
I like A better, but I have not heard enough of either to know which one it is. If you don't want to spoil the test, PM me, but I'm curious now...
I preferred B. Didn't listen to the slap part though, but I'm not a fan of slap so I don't think it would have made a difference.
I'm not familiar with either pickup so I can only comment on tone. I like the second sample better.
I have no idea which one's which, but I like the second one better. It has a bit more punch while still being nice and warm. The first one's is almost to warm and round for me.
I have no clue as to which is which but I definitely prefer A.
No idea which is which, and I have experience with Nordstrand JJ, PJ and Big Singles. Can say that YOU sounded more centered and confident with A. B has a bit more high end and might work better in certain mixes. I wouldn't kick either of them out of bed. Kind of lean toward A as "better," but that's a function of feeling that your groove was better focused with A...and I tend to dig a warmer timbre in many contexts.
I'm gonna have to say:
I have a rough time saying which one I like better. I just like P tones regardless and both have their place. I CAN say that I was surprised to hear as much of a difference as I did.
'A' sounded more "vintage" to me with a looser fundamental, a slight hollowness in the low mids, warmer overall, and a more upright kind of tone. 'B' sounded slightly more modern to me, tighter all around, a little more growly in the high mids, smoother, and a bit more extended top end response.
Each tone definitely has a place in different situations. Thanks for posting this...I LOVE listening to stuff like this!
Like some of the folks above since I have never heard them before except for maybe a YouTube video with the Nordy only, I have to say I'm leaning to liking "B" a little more.
Very interesting that the opinions were divided and also very encouraging. Goes to show that various makers do some very good work and that it suits different tastes.
I appreciate the guesses and feedback.
Sample A = Nordstrand
Sample B - Aguilar
...I think ;)
I have install the aguilar in my MIM precision 2 days ago.
I tried it last night during band practice and everyone including myself prefer it over my fender pickup.
I just can hear each notes better.
I Will experience with 0.47 and 0.1 capacitor this week-end.
I would say the 0.1 capacitor would sound very nice indeed. I'm looking forward to what you think.
I installed the 0.1 capacitor this morning and played my bass for 2 hours this afternoon. Unfortunately, it wasn't with my band, i was just playing along my computer...
IMO the 0.1 capacitor brings the best of both world.
Without the tone engaged, it's the aguilar tone (fender-like but clearer)
With tone pot between 50 to 100%, you get that famous p-bass tone with a little bit more clarity in the lows....
When i was using the 0.47 cap, the tone was more modern, even with the tone pot roll back a 100%
The difference between the 2 capacitor isn't huge. But there is a difference.
IMO the Aguilar pickup is definitely fender-like with added clarity.
I still have to test the aguilar pickup/0.1 capacitor combo with my band.
if you playing home and you want the same tone as there is on your favorite albums Use the 0.1 capacitor.
If you want to hear yourself better in a mix better than with a standard fender pickup, do not roll-back the tone pot or install the 0.47 cap.
I hope it helps
If you have any questions, just shoot and i'll try to answer the best way i can...
Thanks for taking the time to make these changes and reporting back to us... very much appreciated!!
2 weeks later.....
The aguilar ag-4p-60 has now become my favorite precision pickup. With the 0.1 cap, it is perfect for me!
This week-end i took it off my bass, i installed the Fender original p-bass pickup that i just bought, i played 3 hours on saturday and sunday and on monday re-installed the aguilar... I missed it....
I use to like the original fender pickup a lot( i had one before, in another bass), but i realized it just had tons of low-mid and not a lot of lows. The aguilar, is as warm sounding, with growly mids and lows, has low end and a nice touch of clarity overall not just extra high-mids....
I REALLY like the aguilar AG-4P-60, i get my favorite tone with the tone pot 10-20% rolled back...
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