I need some opinions on pup's please..

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Luthier Atlanta, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. I would like to get a general census on these pup's, which are better, Why & Why not..

    Lace Alumitone Aluma-J™ jazz bass pickup


    Joe Barden Jazz Bass J-Style JB-4 Black Pickup
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Moved to Pickups, where this belongs.
  3. mmbongo

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

    Based on my past experience with Joe Barden, I'd go with Lace for sure.
  4. Sorry.
    Thank you for the answer, I am leaning that way.
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  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have no experience with the Bardens. But I did not Like the Alumitones that I have tried at all.
  7. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    I remember seeing a video awhile back where the design of the alumitones caused severe popping as the pickups easily made contact with the strings. The other non alumitone lace sensor pickups are very nice though.
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thats my experience as well. The need to be sunk pretty deep into the body to avoid this.
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    I haven't tried the Alumitones, but see no reason for them to be any more prone to having the strings hit than other exposed pole pickups, set a the same heights- and with less magnetic pull, should be even less prone.
  10. Less weight,,, right?? :bassist:
  11. While I haven't heard the J model Alumitone pickups based upon the Alumitone Bar pickups I just received Wednesday and installed in my ESP LTD D-5 bass I can tell you they should be extremely quiet and fabulous sounding. I love these I have. If yours comes with 4 wire like mine the white is single coil mode ground and the white with black stripe Full coil mode. Even the single coil mode is totally quiet. The Lace engineer I spoke with said it will be very quiet because unlike other single coils they are taking it off the secondary of the small current transformer. It does not sound nasally like other split coil J's I have used in the past. They have killer output level too. I like the single coil mode somewhat better as I like the sound of my Fender American Special Jazz Bass.
    Try them, I do not think you will be disappointed!