Geezer Butler signature pick ups

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  1. HeebHammer70

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  2. Nashrakh

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    I laughed out loud right there.

    Pick any p bass. Done.
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  3. pfox14

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    Guess he doesn't like Lakland pups.
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  4. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Supporting Member

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    I'm psyched to try them. I've been wanting to convert one of my Spectors to passive, and the routing is very tight (could not fit an Aguilar PJ set in there). This might be a really nice option to give one of my Euro 435lx's a different flavor.

    Granted, I play in a band tuned down to "C" (Sabbath is "C" and "C#") with an overdriven sound, so in theory these pickups should shine in that context.
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  6. line6man

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    This.

    :help:
  7. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    i'd rather get the Lakland Geezer signature bass instead :cool: i can't imagine what the price will be but some day....it will be mine!
  8. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Supporting Member

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    Well, I pre-ordered them. In the words of Tom Petty, "the waiting is the hardest part"!
  9. petrus61

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    If they're the Neo-Punch, I can't say that I blame him.
  10. petrus61

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    BTW, if anyone wants to know the specs to these:

    Alnico 5
    Inductance: 6.70 Henries
    DC Resistance: 12.83 kohm

    These are EMG P-HZ (EMG's passive line) and are under the sub moniker of "GB"

    They come with 500k vol and tone pots, Switchcraft jack and are of the solderless variety. The cap is a macro and soldered to the board of the tone pot. 1 megOhm/47pf.


    Definitely not a typical passive Precision setup, which usually consists of 250k pots and pickups in the 10-11k range.
  11. honkyfunk

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    I wonder if there are any drawbacks to the solderless connections in these "kits." ?
  12. Nashrakh

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    And that's why I have my reservations about this. Classical Sabbath is a stock Precision through a broken tube amp if the stories of Geezer using a cab with blown speakers on the eponymous debut is to be believed.

    There is no real voodoo behind it.
  13. Fliptrique

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    There never is.

    I does not mean it`s not a good sounding pickup.
  14. Zoomie

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    If it were only this easy. :rollno:
  15. pfox14

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    I read an interview with Geezer and that's exactly what he used. They were very poor back then.
  16. Snakeman1066

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    lol Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die, and the Mob Rules are in Standard Tuning

    Master of Reality has multiple tunings.. After Forever (DGCF) Children of the Grave and Into the Void (C#F#BE) Sweet Leaf and Solitude (Standard)

    Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and Sabotage are (C# F# BE) except Am I going Insane (Standard)

    Heaven and Hell (Eb Ab Db Gb) Half Step!

    That said I Play in a Sabbath Tribute a few times a year and i also pre-ordered a pair....we will see!
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  17. Joel Graham

    Joel Graham I Brake for Basses! Supporting Member

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    Take that people!!! LOL
    Awesome investigative work!!
  18. Snakeman1066

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    lol....i play along with my records all the time in preperation for our two big events each year (Halloween and New Years)

    wasn't hard to figure out..lol

    i also have several song books published by Cherry Lane and Hal Leonard...which include the tuning for the included songs

    Hell just listen...lol

    Did i Mention i'm also a Geezer Geek...lol
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  19. Nashrakh

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    Hmm, Iommi lost his finger tips in his teens... I'm no Sabbath crack but it would lead me to believe the early records were recorded in a lower tuning too but in keys that could be played in standard tuning. Basically just moving everything up the fretboard with the added benefit of lower tension?
  20. Snakeman1066

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    one would assume, but listen for yourself
  21. Nashrakh

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    If you tell me how to identify the tuning if the keys they play in don't match the tuning. Key =/= tuning

    If I play on a standard tuned bass a song in the key of Bb it doesn't mysteriously turn the bass into a Bb tuned one.

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