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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.
     
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  6. 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:
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. mmbongo

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

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

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  10. 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.
     
  11. zortation

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  12. "Q"

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

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

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    EMG. Close thread now
     
  15. David Jayne

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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.
     
  16. 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?
     
  17. 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... :)
     
  18. rolleharris

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    EMG PX. Nuff said ;-)
     
  19. giacomini

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    OP's been here for longer than a year. Sure he doesn't know about all the "best for metal" threads...
     
  20. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

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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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