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Ibanez Bartolini Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by slend3r, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Hey all, I'm looking at picking up a new bass and am looking at the Ibanez SR600. These come with Bartolini passive humbuckers, and an active preamp. The question I have is how do these pickups sound?

    Right now I'm playing a Squier VM Jazz with Dimarzio Model J's which I love the sound of. I play loud aggressive music, and like to drop the volume on the neck pickup on my jazz to get a little more "bite" out the bridge pickup. I'm wondering if the Ibanez with the Bartolinis can get close to that sound any input would be appreciated.

    Also I don't know if this belongs here of the bass forum, so redirect me if needed.
  2. DaveyM69


    Jan 1, 2011
    I can't comment on the comparison to Squier VM Jazz with Dimarzio Model J's as I've never tried it, but I have recently picked up a Cort A6 which has the same stock electronics I believe.

    The pick ups are fine (although I'm looking to swap them for the MK6s at some point soon). The pre isn't too bad - a little harsh on the treble as reported elsewhere in my opinion, but still very usable. I changed that out for a Bart NTMB and sounds even better now.

    Not what you asked, but I hope it may be of some use.
  3. No worries, was just mostly stating what I currently played and what type of music I played to give people an idea of what I was looking for.

    I would love to be able to sit down with the bass before I pull the trigger, but there are no "big" music stores around that carry what I was looking at so I was just looking for some opinions. Appreciate the input.
  4. Got2SadowskyNYC


    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    The Barts in the Ibanez are really nice. Pleanty of low end, nice top and solid mids. The pre allows you to dial in a lot of nice tones. Round, fat and punchy.

    These are HiFi pickups. If you don't know what that means, you will notice right away.

    Of all the Ibanez pickups I like the Nordstrand Big Singles in some of their basses. Over all better than the Barts.but the basses are more expensive than the 600 series.
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