Aguilar or Delano in a Roscoe Century Plus 5?

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  1. EZ9R

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    I own a Roscoe Century Plus. Great playing bass. Swamp Ash Body with a Bubinga top. I'm just not too found of the Bartolini CB series pickups that came with the bass. I like to solo the bridge pickup about 90% of time.
    My question: has anyone head the Delano BCD soap bars or the Aguilar DCB pickups. I'm debating on either two. They make them in a P2 size. Or trying the Bartolini Non-CB series.
    Also, does anyone know if you can buy Bartolini / Roscoe Specs as after market?
    Thanks
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    What don't you like about the CB's? I ask because I have CB's in my Lakland and I go back and fourth on my opinion of them and I'd like to see if others hear the same thing I think I do :)
     
  3. EZ9R

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    When I play using both pickups, they sound great. Nice slap sound. But, I'm a Jaco, Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis fan and I like the tone of soloing just the bridge pickup. The CB series sound, to me, dull with no presences. I own and have own basses with Barts. Had a Tobias 6 before he sold his company. A Ibanez Gary Willis. And, a Fender Jazz with Barts. The Roscoe is the first bass I've owned with the CB series. The Roscoe is made of Swamp Ash Body with a Bubinga top and a Birds Eye maple fingerboard. Excellent tone woods and perfectly crafted. I just think the Bartolini CB series is lacking in what qualities I said before. That's just IMO and curious about the Aguilars, Delanos. Or Even the Bartolini Non-CB.
     
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    lol that's exactly how I feel! I L O V E the deep fatness of both pickups together, but the bridge pickup alone pales in comparison to my 44-02 with a 'deep' Bart MM pickup.

    I tried a set of SGD Neo's and while the bridge pickup sounded phenomenal and was exactly the tone I wanted, they did not have that deep punch that the Barts had together. The SGD's also did not have the high end sharpness that the Barts have. I think I may would have kept those excpet that the blades were not wide enough to cover the spacing so I'm still thinking of getting another set of SGD's made a little wider. I'll also be watching for responses about the other pickups, especially Aguilar Neo's.
     
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  6. JoelFT

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    Get the Aggies plus an OBP-3. I just threw a set in my Roscoe SKB. The best way to describe them is that they sound like a Roscoe with even more Roscoe. I am very pleased with the top end too. They are brighter than the Nord DCs and Bart CBs. These are pickups I've been waiting for my whole life.

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  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Dang, I was on board until you said they were brighter than the Bart CB's..which are waaaay to bright for me. I run them with the treble control almost all the way down. And don't get me wrong...I love brightness. CB's are just a little too much. In this particular bass, anyway.
     
  8. EZ9R

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    Did you get the Aguilar P-4 shape? Thats the size of the Bartolinis I have.
     
  9. EZ9R

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    Do you own a Musicman Bongo? I have a 4 and 5 string with the new tuners. If so, what's your opinion on them?
     
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  11. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

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    Buy a set of the Roscoe Barts, they are a little compressed in the highs.
     
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    I sold my Bongo a few years back actually for financial reasons. Don't know why I never got another one, just didn't I guess! Don't have a bad thing to say about them, great basses. Of course I named myself after that bass. Needed a name...there sat my Music Man Bongo...mmbongo was born!
     
  13. JoelFT

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    It must be a wood thing then. I always thought that the old Nord DCs sounded close to the CBs but, sounded like they had a wet blanket on them. I ran the treble all the way up because otherwise it sounded dead.
     
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  15. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

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    Stick a Roscoe Demeter with those Nord DCs and they will come alive. I'm talking tight bottom and glassy highs that are sweet and a slight mid scoop. IMHO it is the best preamp ever put into a Roscoe bass.
     

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