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Best humbucker pickup for short-scale bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by George Mann, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. George Mann

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    As the title reads (preferably mid-position). It must have vintage voicing, but at the same time be clean and articulate.
  2. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

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    What bass are we talking about?
  3. George Mann

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    One that I am going to build or modify. An alder body with maple neck and rosewood board.
  4. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    A lot of split coil Precision pickups fit the bill. Duncan, Fender, Bill Lawrence...
  5. George Mann

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    Outside of the Mustang bass, I have yet to hear a split coil Precision short scale sound right.
  6. mpdd

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    a lot of people like the little black gretsch junior jets, maybe check out one of those pickups
  7. George Mann

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    Yes, the 2202 especially.
  8. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    Could you elaborate on this?
  9. George Mann

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    The inherent sonic signature of split-coil Precision pickups mirror the short-comings of short scale instruments.
  10. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    What do think of this sound? Not trying to be argumentative, just curious.

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  11. George Mann

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    Not too shabby. What is it?
  12. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    A Bronco with a Bartolini 8S and LaBella Flatwounds. I like how it sounds too, particularly in a band setting.

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  13. George Mann

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    I have modified many a Bronco. This is the best one that I have heard. I wonder if I can get the same results using this pickup in my Jag SS.
  14. jallenbass

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    I would assume so though it does have a bridge pickup, correct? I have heard opinions that the P in a P/J sounds different from a single P. Don't know though.
  15. George Mann

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    Yes, its a P/J. But I noticed that the 2 pickup's only influence each other when they are used together.
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    Huh???
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  18. George Mann

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    The sound of the original spec ('58-'62) split-coil Precision pickup was centered on an emphases of upper bass, and lower midrange, and is technically a "fat" midrange pickup.

    Most modifications to it have centered around extending its bandwidth. Only a few ready-made offerings have corrected this emphasis adequately.

    Now, the sound of your typical short scale bass is centered on the same emphasis do to its scale length. When the 2 are combined, it can create a very thick and dubbish sound.
  19. George Mann

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    Or ThunderBucker!:bassist:
  20. pudge

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    Now you're talkin'

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