Pick up repalcement for better tone.

Discussion in 'Ask Adam Nitti' started by Mavrik9007, Aug 22, 2012.


  1. Mavrik9007

    Mavrik9007

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    I have these EMG 40HZ pickups on my Schecter Elite 5..factory standard for this model.
    These are picking up string slap and I haven't been able to allievate this annoying effect. I'm now using Half Round Strings to bring down this effect but still produces a clicking type sound when I dig in. Round Wound Strings almost made this bass sound like it would explode. Looking for a upgrade pick up to put in this bass that'll will not do this and give a better tone. I use this on my rig for a modern country rock type group.. I would like to find something that will produce a nice warm not too brite tone with this Bass and my mesa M9 carbine head.. Any ideas to better immulate these nashville recording bassists in a live setting. ?? I dont like a lot of treble or mid for this application.. I'm looking for a clean warm tone with some moderate sustain and to alleviate this clicking noise when I strike the string with my finger.
     
  2. monti2889

    monti2889

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    from what you describe in your post, it sounds like the strings are hitting the pickups, or the heal of the neck/fretboard.
    You may be able to fix this with a thorough setup.
     
  3. adamnitti

    adamnitti

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    what do you mean by 'string slap'? do you mean a 'clickiness' to your attack? could be a combination of factors. what is your fingerboard made of? does your bass have a built-in preamp?
     
  4. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

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    I have EMG HZ40's in my inexpensive 5-string. First, lower the pickups a screwturn. Second, see if there is excessive play in the pickup - does it wobble? If so, put foam under it.
    Third, are the strings slapping the fretboard?

    It's not the pickups. It's the setup.
     
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