So, I bought some aguilar super singles off the guys at bestbassgear.com and installed them in my Reverend bass last week. They replaced my villex pups which I quite like, but I really just wanted to give the Aggies a try.
First thing I noticed is the build quality of these puppies... very nice. The pole pieces are perfectly flush with the covers, They're shielded on the bottom and the wires come pre soldered making the connection practically tool-less. After install, I strung my bass with DR hibeams. Initial impressions are good... definitely different than the villex. In fact, they changed the sound of my bass substantially!
I feel the super singles sound like you'd expect... like a hyped up single coil pickup. They seem to have a slightly 'boosted' high-mid/treble response that gives them a more aggressive attack. The Lows/low mids are all there.. and with the aggressiveness on top, they shine with the bridge pickup solo'd or played with a pick imo. With the neck pup solo'd and some tone rolled off.. they get super deep and thick yet have a bit of fuzz/hair to them. To me, that boost in the sound seems to really give these a hot 'voice'. Very unlike my villex pups that I'm used to... which are more neutral and pure sounding.
These pickups will satisfy anyone looking to add a bit of "tone" to their instrument by changing their pickups. They impart their own sound... so you will hear less instrument and more pickup in your tonal equation i think. I could see these sounding awesome with flats by naturally adding a bit of grit, or any players playing rock, using a pick or using overdrive tones in their chain. (which I do) These pickups will help slot you in that 'rock' tonal universe IMO.
Honestly, I'm not sure if I will keep these in my bass. I'm used to the more neutral, organic tone of my previous pups which allow me to use my bass as more of a blank canvas for further tone shaping. And, since the Reverend is my only bass, I'll have to put some more hours into these before I make the call. All-in-all however... a very nice offering from Aguilar for anyone wanting pickups with some attitude