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Vintage pickups and pick noise

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Alexdeth89, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Alexdeth89

    Alexdeth89

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    I like to hear pick noise when Im playing, maybe some people will think this is weird but I feel that the pickups are more responsive because there is a lot of pick noise when I play unplugged.

    David Ellefson from Megadeth is the best example of what I'm talking about, note the intro of the song "go to hell"


    I looked all over the internet to find out the specs of those pickups and got luck

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-Jackson-Charvel-Bass-Pickup-Split-Coil-J-20-J-20-/00/s/MzQ2WDY2MA==/$T2eC16ZHJFoE9nh6pMqPBP4mqFN46w~~60_3.JPG

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-Jackson-J-150-Bass-Pickup-/00/s/NDEwWDQxMA==/$T2eC16RHJGIE9nnWq)6sBQFL8OUipQ~~60_1.JPG

    It is a PJ configuration, my two basses have this config but don't sound like the ones in the videos.

    I want to find a model of pickups that sound the same as the ones in the videos and I thought about getting the seymour duncan's spb 1 and sjb 1, they have similar specs as the dc resistance is almos the same, they are made with alnico v magnets as well, and are catalogued as "vintage" just like the old jackson pickups

    what do you guys think?
  2. maturanesa

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    i would search for pups with lot of high end, maybe actives, and a set of strings that give that clanky sound... He is using palm muting too...
  3. Alexdeth89

    Alexdeth89

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    those pickups are passive but the bass has an active preamp (2 band eq)
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    You can get that tone with pretty much any bass... and a lot of different pickups.

    1 - use roundwound strings.
    2 - detune or use lighter gauge strings
    3 - turn up the treble and mids on your amp
    4 - play with a heavy pick and use hard strokes
    5 - try some effects to get a "dirty" tone
  5. gunlak

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    set your action low with some fret buzz.. not too low that causes the note to choke.
  6. Alexdeth89

    Alexdeth89

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    fret buzz?
  7. Teacher

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    When the strings are so low (or truss rod needs adjustment) that the vibrating strings rub on one or more frets below the depression point. It's generally considered a flaw...unless, of course, you like it!
  8. Alexdeth89

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    Yeah I know what fret buzz is but I do consider it a flaw and always try to avoid it
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    fret buzz is the new sexy, IMHO!:cool:

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