warwick $$ replacements

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  1. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

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    Any idea what a direct replacement would be?

    I'm searched but haven't found anything concrete. Does anyone have any experience replacing the mec's?

    Looking for something more modern sounding.
     
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    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Check with www.bestbassgear.com

    But:
    Delano
    Bartolini
    Seymour Duncan
    SGD
    Aguilar
    Lace Sensor
    EMG

    All make direct replacements since those basses use a standard MM sized pickup.
     
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    Thank U, that is exactly the answer I was looking for. I e ordered from bbg before, in fact my Fralins arrived today:hyper: but they are for the jag.

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

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    Oh Nordstrand too :)
     
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    Thinking Nordstrom mm4.4's.
     
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    So what do you think of the new pups? I put Barts in my $$. [​IMG]
     
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    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Nice! I put Barts in my Streamer Jazzman last week :) Huge improvement!
     
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    Any reviews of the Delano's, Bart's, Norstrand's?

    I'm kind of leaning towards the Delano MC FE/J M2 for my German Corvette $$ 4.
     
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    the Bart MMC's definitely warmed things up a bit compared to the MEC's. The stock pickups were very articulate and honestly a little sterile for my tastes. I'm not the best at reviewing these things, but the Barts still sound huge, just a little warmer and a little more "character". GREAT metal/pick tone out of this bass. I can also mimic an ernie ball tone fairly close. Honestly the biggest reason I changed them is because I like light strings and the bass made a horrible clicking sound when the strings contacted the pole pieces on the MEC's.
     
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    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    I would agree with all of this, and will add this:
    The main reason I finally replaced my MEC pickups was headroom. I had already replaced the preamp about a year ago with a Bart which made things much nicer, but with the MEC pickups there was still no headroom. Digging in would distort, adding just a hint of bass or mids would distort, and I didn't realize how sterile they sounded. With the Barts I can crank the bass and the mids all the way up (for testing purposes only!) and even with the MM pickup in series it does not distort. They are fantastic.
     
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    There is 3 things you said that practically sold me on these pups.

    I replaced my preamp with an Audere Pro Z and encountered this problem of headroom. I had to lower my On-Board Pre to 15% gain. Even now if I put up any of the EQ knobs up, I get distorted.

    I do have questions for both of you! I'm very interested in both Bart's and Delano MM's, but can't decide which brand or maybe a mix up of both.

    These are the 3 pups I'm really interested in:
    Bartolini
    [​IMG]
    Delano
    [​IMG]

    I am leaning towards the Bart MMC now and also the Delano HE/M2 dual split coil. I like the fact no poles are showing.

    Any feedback about mixing these 2?
    FWIW, my On-Board Pre, does have a gain adjustment for each pickup.
    I also have the 3 position switch for Series/Single/Parallel for both pickups.

    Does your Bart MMC hum in single coil option?
     
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    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    I tried the Bart MMC before getting the MM4CBC and found it a little 'dull' for my liking. It was not very exciting and I kind of lost my Warwick vibe, but the MM4CBC brought it all back and is very lively sounding.

    I had the Delano MC4HES with an Audere pre in this same bass a couple of years ago. Don't remember why I didn't keep that setup but I guess it did nothing for me, but I have not put the Barts head to head against the Delano's. I've got sound clips of them somewhere because I was doing a string test of Ernie Ball Cobalts. I remember that whole setup being very bright!
     
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    I feel like you just killed 2 birds with 1 stone. The fact that the Bart MMC sounds like a very warm and low end emphasized pickup, I was going to counter it with the Delano HE/S since this pickup is more clean, bright, and sparkling top end.

    Who knows, maybe those 2 would work blended together.

    I might end up with the neck being a Bart MM-CBC and bridge being a Delano MC-HE/M2. Thank you for your help!
    Much appreciated since I have less experience with pickups.
     

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