humbucking for live play?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by muskyman, Dec 22, 2013.


  1. muskyman

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    At this point, I enjoy much (super aggressive) play during live performance. It is doubtful that I'll need to worry about a need for "quiet" pickups in a studio. For new PUP selection, don't you think that I should focus on shred/rip/ bright/scram, or whatever you might call it. I would think that this a "mega" single coil type. I do not care about resale value, this all for fun.
  2. Selta

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    ...what?
  3. bassgod0dmw

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  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    You need a pickup designed for metal.
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  6. muskyman

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    Seriously...

    I only want a hot live bass (much more than just metal). I'm simply pointing out that I don't care about reducing studio level noise/hum. Should this not play a role in my decisions?
  7. Journey55

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    I think it might help to rephrase your question...
  8. RadioactiveGuy4

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    +1

    and give us a little more info, like what kind of bass you play
  9. smeet

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    Yeah man, scram. That's what I'm talkin about.
  10. muskyman

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    Hello:

    I have repeatedly been dissapptoined with the sound generated by my stacked humbucking pickups. It has led me to think that perhaps the humbucking feature is not needed for my personal application of bass playing. My playing is now restricited to live performance. As such, I do not need to worry about accommodating the wishes of producers, and any requests for "silence".
  11. Journey55

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    What kind of bass do you have? (Ie model)
  12. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

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    But just so you know, some humbucker are hecka aggressive. Stingrays and g&L's for example. I think the midrange thickness of a HB can actually help you cut through a mix.

    Also if you play distorted, any hum will be accentuated by the distortion.

    So... Try lots of stuff, get what you like.
  13. line6man

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    I would think that for most players, humcancelling pickups of various sort would be more desirable for live use, and single coils of various sorts would be restricted to studio use. Single coil hum can be managed in the studio, but it is quite an issue for live play.

    It sounds like you are ruling out all humcancelling designs because you think some single coil design will sound better. This is an extreme generalization of the two classes of pickups.
  14. hsech

    hsech Don't try to argue with an old fart. Gold Supporting Member

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    If you would fill out your profile, we could get a better idea of what bass and gear you are talking about.
  15. muskyman

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    I likely meant "scream". But I like the meaningless of "scram". My immediate play for this one is an 88 Carvin LB75 fretless.
  16. Ric5

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    Some humbuckers can be wired with a toggle for single/parallel/series operation. I have a few basses wired this way and it gives me some nice options.

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