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Pups with "Character"?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by driftingupward, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. driftingupward

    driftingupward Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    Not sure if this is the right place for this but here's my situation:

    I play a Schecter Stilletto Elite with EMG 40(4 X 1.5) sized pups and I'm trying to find something that has a little more character than my Bart classic bass dual coils. The bass came with EMG 40HZ's and they sounded sterile to my ears. Then I tried EMG 40CS's and then 40J's and they both sounded OK, but the barts have the best sound yet to my ears.

    I'm looking for something that has a little more "character"(for lack of a better term). I like the sound Flea gets on 'Aeroplane' (Stingray) along with the various single coil pups I've heard clips of checking out Youtube.

    Right now I'm playing in a 60-70's funk band doing some James Brown along with some Funkadelic and some slap stuff too.

    I guess my question is: Should I just get different pups for the Schecter and hopefully find them someday or should I be looking at different/better quality basses? Should I be exploring coil switching with what I have before continuing on to other Pups?

    Oh, and the pre is an EMG BQC 3 band active, no switches or anything like that....
     
  2. mmbongo

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

    Coil switching is the answer. I could be wrong, but I think Aeroplane was recorded during Flea's Jazz Bass phase so you are looking for the sound of single coils. Wire your Barts with 3 way toggle switches so each pickup will have series/single/parallel and you're good to go. Your Barts have tons of character baked in.

    Alternatively, you could get Nordstrand Big Singles in that size.

    Or, just get a passive jazz like Flea used!
     
  3. mmbongo

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

    Well after some research, I found out Flea actually used a Treker Louis Johnson for that song:

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  4. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Is this for live, studio or home use?
     
  5. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    Dachshund puppies are adorable.

    Oh... you're talking about pickups.
     
  6. driftingupward

    driftingupward Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    Well I read an interview with him on one of the other forums and he said that he used a stingray on that song and I think an Alembic on the rest of the album.

    regardless of what he really used, I'll definitely check out coil switches
     



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