Pups with "Character"?

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


  1. driftingupward

    driftingupward Gold Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    waynobass Supporting Member

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    Dachshund puppies are adorable.

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

    driftingupward Gold Supporting Member

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    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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