Ibanez SRX Replacement Pickups

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  1. GrandLowBass

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    I have an Ibanez SRX (my first bass) which is currently getting defretted. I love the feel of the instrument and, depending upon the quality of the defret, I plan to replace the pickups.

    Bartolinis and EMG's are obvious options, as they are active, possible direct drop in replacements. Although both brands interest me, I have a thing for single coil/passive tone and am curious if any soapbar/single coil/passive pickups exist as a direct drop in.

    I understand that preamp replacement may be required but I'll figure that out later.

    So, what are my options and what is the best choice?
     

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    Bump for assistance.
     
  3. hyp.spec

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    P preamp upgrade will probably give you a more noticeable change in sound than swapping the pickups.

    Ibanez doesn't typically ship with quality preamps...
     
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    +1 I have seen great improvements with Demeterand Aquilar preamps.
     
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    I put Barts in my srx pups and pre and it kicked butt. I sold the preamp but I have the pups for sale. They fit perfectly. I can send you a recording of it if you want.
     
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    BTW the Bart's gave the bass a deeper sound. I could also get a really punchy sound with the mid control increased a bit.
     
  8. GrandLowBass

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    Thanks all!

    It seems as though a preamp change might be in order, whether I swap the pickups or not. I'm familiar with the Aguilar pre but any thoughts good/bad on the Demeter BEQP-1?

    Augdog, I would love to hear those sounds clips. I'm mostly wondering if the Barts are somewhat transparent or if they color the tone of the instrument quite a bit.
     
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    Grandlowbass, I'll do a mix down of bass and drums from a demo and send it your way probably tomorrow.
     
  10. GrandLowBass

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    Thanks man, I'm looking forward to it! :bassist:
     
  11. iunno

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    SGD makes great pickups.
     
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    Here is a recording of the SRX300 with bart soapbars and bart preamp. Its from a demo I worked on but I just left the bass and drum tracks.


    Be gentle on my playing!!!! I'm not sure if I'm ready to share my playing with the bass community!!
     

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    These do look nice. What kind do you have?
     
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    Thanks augdog, I'll give this a listen tonight!
     
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    @augdog: Cant belive this is SRX on this track :) sounds great
     
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    I would use Nordstrand pickups
     
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    Augdog, you rock! I think your basslines are plenty ready for TB :cool:

    The Barts sound phenomenal. I'm with inmate, that bass sounds better than it should! Thanks a bunch for the assistance.
     
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    Well those Barts just blew me away, but Nordstrand has always interested me. The only problem I would have is selecting a winding; I probably lean towards big splits but the dual coils and fat stacks interest me. Any more info?
     
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    One more thing in consider. There is a BIG thing in tehnics of playing, thats why Augdogs SRX sounds good, he just plays good with feeling!!! I noticed that myself on my BTB, different approach on style gives you different sound.

    I'm on a hunt on changing electronics on my BTB too, but i'll only change the preamp or make it passive.
     
  20. GrandLowBass

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    I'm with you here. There's no use in completely obsessing over electronics, because it's about the player's skill :bassist:

    But the stock SRX electronics are noisy and not the greatest tonally. Thus, I look to find the most worthy replacement which will make me want to practice and play with more expression. Solid equipment inspires me.
     
  21. inmate13

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    Same here with BTB, i think that preamp just sucks sometimes :) pickups are OK, not perfect but OK. So like i said, i'm going to try passive cuz MKII hum's are passive and maybe some other preamp, i think that Aguilar just calls my name :) but it's hard to get it here in Slovenia :)
     

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