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Most transparent pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Silens, Nov 3, 2012.


  1. Silens

    Silens

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    I'm looking for the most transparent pickups since I love the tone of my bass acoustically, but sounds like mud when I plug it in, no matter how much EQ or string changes.
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    This one. It's invisible......:ninja:
     

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  3. Duckwater

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    Probably a Lightwave optical system, too bad they don't sell them individually anymore.
     
  4. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Ha! It was a joke (obviously not a very good one)! transparent=invisible ah never mind.....
     
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  6. JustForSport

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    Good one...
     
  7. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Maybe you would like piezo's? I hear they do what you are looking for although I've never played them on bass, myself.
     
  8. Alexdeth89

    Alexdeth89

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    I think emg hz's is what you're looking for
     
  9. line6man

    line6man

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    Piezo transducers would be the best option. Failing that, underwound magnetic pickups generally have flatter frequency responses.
     
  10. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

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    Lace Alumitones are supposed to be the most transparent, then, given that they have one turn followed by a small audio transformer.
     
  11. 1958Bassman

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    If you want the tone of the instrument, you don't want the sound from the strings to come from coils and magnets- that has little to do with the acoustical characteristics of the instrument. Piezo is the way to go and it's why Barcus Berry introduced the original Hot Dot pickup for violins.
     
  12. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

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