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Best pickups for metal

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ironderby, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Ironderby

    Ironderby

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    Okay i apologize in advance for being too lazy to search this one:
    But i have a Precision bass, and would like new pickups that are better suited to playing metal. I play songs by Opeth, Lamb Of God, Megadeth and the like, and im looking for pickups that give both a clear and bright tone but aren't tinny-what would you recommend? :D
  2. Nev375

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    It never gets old, does it?
  3. GroovinOnFunk

    GroovinOnFunk Supporting Member

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    Delanos! I have jmvc. Try PMVC for p bass.
  4. cnltb

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    You are kidding.
    Yes?


    I agree on Delanos or pickups. They really are good.
  5. Ironderby

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    No....im not. Just because certain people in metal bands use them doesnt mean the stock pickups are universally perfect for every metal tone :eyebrow:
  6. LowerCrust

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    I'd recommend you find some better metal :bag:
    Large exposed-pole humbuckers in the vein of MM pups are my favorite for a fat metal tone that keeps a lot of clarity in that sort of soundscape; Delano, Nordstrand and Duncan have a few each; driving root-note background rumbles and such.

    edit: lol, didn't read that you had a P-Bass, skimming posts all day long
    Definitely Delanos.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    All of the bands you mention rely heavily upon the bridge pickup to get their sound. Just sayin'.....
  8. N.F.A.

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  9. Oreomeister365

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    Get a jazz installed in the bridge position. That'll help more than replacing the stock.

    I daresay pickup position/pickups used (in regards to where they are placed) is one of the most important things that determines tone.
  10. zortation

    zortation Distant relative of Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson Supporting Member

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  11. "Q"

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    I'd go with a F-350 with dualies. Make sure it has the powerstroke diesel in it.
  12. TheMightyWoot1

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    ^What he said. Make sure you get the skull shift knob installed, though.
  13. rolleharris

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    EMG. Close thread now
  14. dmusic148

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    Funny how it's always for 'metal.' We never get 'best for' jazz, pop, funk etc..... Always with the metal. Odd.
  15. JJThunder

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    I was in a similar position to you and i was using a P bass, I was trying to get an agressive growly sound that had was thick and had some brightness to it. I used a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder with a 500k Volume and Tone pot.

    I can send you an Audio Sample or a link to a youtube video or something if you want?
  16. LemmyLicious

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    Maybe it's "always for metal" because the majority of dedicated bassists anywhere play everything not-metal, and we metallists simply can't rely on as established community and knowledge base for advice... :)
  17. rolleharris

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    EMG PX. Nuff said ;-)
  18. giacomini

    giacomini Supporting Member

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    OP's been here for longer than a year. Sure he doesn't know about all the "best for metal" threads...
  19. Laurent

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    DiMarzio Model P (Dp122) should give you what you are looking for.
    Other option Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders.

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