Passive P: DiMarzio vs. Delano vs. Joe Barden?

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What Passive P would you choose?

  1. DiMarzio

    53 vote(s)
    54.1%
  2. Delano

    31 vote(s)
    31.6%
  3. Joe Barden

    14 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    So I'm thinking of getting another custom 6-string bass, one of my previous 6-strings used DiMarzio split P's and I'm very satisfied with them but I was wondering if I'm missing out on some other passive P pickup, namely either Delano or Joe Barden.

    So, of these three, which would you rather use for a passive P: DiMarzio, Delano, or Joe Barden?

    Feel free to leave your thoughts or comments as well as take the poll!

    Thanks!
  2. robthebassplaye

    robthebassplaye The World Needs More Bass Players - Start Early !! Supporting Member

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    I put a pair of Bardens on a passive USA 5 string Jazz bass, and I absolutely couldn't believe the tone - it was the clearest, most defined, most versatile tone I've ever gotten out of a passive bass. I couldn't be happier with them, there isn't a tone that I can't pull out of those PUs. Over time, grown I've tired of the Jazz bass neck (and spacing), and prefer my Cirrus basses. I know, they are entirely different animals, but the tone of the Jazz bass, with those PUs is awesome. I don't think you can go wrong with them. The DiMarzio's are pretty well understood and common place, so you know what they sound like. I don't have any first hand experience with the Delano's.
  3. Jaco Taco

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  4. mmbongo

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

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    Barden has the worst customer service I've ever dealt with, so I'll continue to vote 'anything but Barden'.
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  6. Jaco Taco

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    Wow. What happened?
  7. DanGouge

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    Those are strong words given some of the, ahem, more notorious cases here in the Talkbass pickups forum.
  8. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4 Supporting Member

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    A pretty limited list IMO... :meh:
  9. Jaco Taco

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    It is limited, one thing I didn't mention is because of the unusual string spacing on my bass (14mm), I pretty much need to go with blade/rails for the P pickups. That narrows it down to the three choices I mentioned. Yeah, I could have mentioned EMG or Bartolinis, but I'm not so crazy about those in a passive set-up.
  10. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

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    I agree with Rob, Barden has a pretty killer pickup and their construction quality is great. They are trying to turn the customer service around. It's improved for sure since they made some pretty big changes over there.

    I'm using their PJ set in a project bass. They are pretty massive sounding and no preamp required in my opinion.
  11. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4 Supporting Member

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    Ahhh......I see said the blind man - never mind ;)
  12. Jaco Taco

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    Tis okay! Obviously, I'm not doing this poll to find out "the best P pickup evar!", I'm doing it to help me decide on what to put in my next custom bass. So I've narrowed down the options as to what will work for me.
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  14. Jaco Taco

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  15. DannyBob

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    None of the above...I would stick with Seymour Duncan QPs
  16. Jaco Taco

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    I'm sure they are good but they won't work for my string spacing, I need blades.
  17. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

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    I have no personal experience with these guys, but Sentell makes P pickups with blades. Just giving you another option.
  18. Jaco Taco

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    Never heard of them before, but thank you.
  19. Toptube

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  20. Jaco Taco

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  21. cnltb

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    I'm sure he/she/it would agree on these three. No? ;)

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