Originally Posted by Ecojazz
I have sent mine in for repair and they are basically saying it is shot and I need to replace/ buy a new one. I have done nothing other than use it carefully for about 4 years. At around $250 - 300 are there better systems out there. I am playing jazz. Is this technology old.
I've owned many different pickups, over the past few years. Here's a list
1. Barcus Berry Sliver Bar Piezo
(it attached to the bridge with putty) this is a ancient technology, that's thankfully no longer in use.
, this pickup had to be machined to fit the span of my smaller bridge. another older technology no longer in use.
, a very good pickup for it's time, simple to install, but it required wooden shims or having the bridge wings modified. This piezo is still used by lots of players.
4 Fishman BP-100
uses bridge clips to hold it in position so it mutes the bridge. It has a very mid present sound, and absolutely cannot be bowed IME
5. Realist Copper Foil
fits underneath the bridge, great for both arco and pizzicato. It's position between the bridge foot and top, has some effect on sound transmission between the bridge and the top.
6. Upton Revolution Solo
Decent sound similar to the Underwood but mellowed, it requires sanding the wooden element.
7. Ehrlund EAP
and PreAmp my current pickup, just sticks to the top and works beautifully, but has to be demoed to see if it really works with a particular instrument. Unfortunately, it took a rather drastic price increase recently.
I would consider the new Realist Life Line
, as it's easy to install, works with the bow or your fingers and is reasonably priced.
Pickups change every year, so it's best just to get something that sounds good on your bass and stick with it.