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Biesele upright bass pickup (five string)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Bass Amps, Strings, & Accessories' started by hensonbass, Jan 29, 2014.


  1. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA

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  2. bravo, killer arco sound and interpreting skills
     
  3. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  4. richhansen

    richhansen

    Oct 2, 2006
    Utah
    Disclosures:
    Endorser of the KSM Foundation Bridge.
    It sounds really good on the youtube videos. Do you have any other more "pure" (bass only direct to board frorm pickup) recordings that showcase its true pizz and arco tone? Also, why are you selling it?

    Thanks
     
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  6. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I sold my five string upright bass a year ago and do not plan to buy another one again. Keep in mind I blended the Biesele with a Full Circle pickup for my main tone. When I played with the bow I would mute the Biesele because it does not amplify the string vibration when using a bow. No magnetic pickup does this.

    Here's another song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIt...ew-vl&list=PLRFazXZ8d-bUm5pqSHJUoMzc1U8z97aKc

    What the Biesele did for me was give a consistent and sustained tone for playing in louder situations where you would normally use a bass guitar. The piezo pickup would give me the initial "thump" to my attack, and then the Biesele would sustain the note longer and stronger like a bass guitar would do.

    There would have no way to play that loud and sustained with just a piezo pickup and not have a feedback freakshow.
     
  7. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't have any recordings of the pickup soloed, and my bass is gone now. I found this: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=924433

    I think this will give you an idea of the soloed tone. Keep in mind everyones bass is set up different and the way they play greatly affects the tone. This guy plays the upright more like an electric player would IMO and so it sounds more 'P-bassey' to me. I personally would dig in more to get more 'wood' in the sound.
     
  8. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  9. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  10. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  11. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  12. jon3673

    jon3673 Supporting Member

    What is the width of your pickup? My 5 string upright has the separation of a 4 string, therefore, I have an overlapping fingerboard.
    As I'm just across the street from you (ok, it's the state line!) perhaps we can get together sometime and see if it would fit.
     
  13. bassfox

    bassfox

    Jun 22, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Is this pickup still available?
     
  14. jon3673

    jon3673 Supporting Member

    Bassfox,

    I never heard back from hensonbass, so I do not know the status of his magnatic pickup. It's probally just as well. Up untill last year I played in locations where my Underwood pickup worked fine. And, thru the years I've tried many different pickups, but have now moved excluisively to the Fishman Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup because I found that it provides the best reproducion of my actual bass sound.
    Good luck with your search.

    Jon
     
  15. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    This pickup is still for sale!
     
  16. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  17. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  18. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  19. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
  20. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA