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Aero Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jmceachern36, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Anyone out there use Aero Pickups? I hear great things about them. I called and spoke to Larry today about his pickups. He was very nice and answered all my questions but he gave me more information than I can handle. Can anyone describe what the difference would be between a PHC (Parallel Hum Cancelling ) and an SHB (Series Hum Bucker) pickup? He gave me a technical answer but I need a "sounds like this" answer. Thanks for any info.
  2. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    I can't tell you the differences of any of his PUs, but my first custom 5-string had dual Aero hummers that just kicked a**. Larry made them up with the exact placement and string spacing of my choice.

    (FTR, the PUs were awesome, the neck was an absolute joy to play on, but I sold it because I hated the body shape--stupid, stupid, stupid! One of my most regretful regrets).
  3. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    It would probably be better if you tell him what sound you're going for and trust his expertise to help you get there. Not trying to sound snarky, so I hope it doesn't come across that way. Just from past experience when I spec out exactly what I want in a bass it turns out nice. But when I let the custom builder do his thing and use his experience, it turns out phenomenal. But it's hard to give up control if you're a control freak like me. ;-)
  4. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Good idea.
  5. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I've only played a couple basses wit Aero pickups, but they kicked butt.
  6. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    Don't be to shy to ask him again if you did not understood something :D Larry is a really nice person, sometimes busy but very nice and he'll answer you... even if it may take some days to answer, he'll do it !!

    I had to do between him (in Hawaï, by e-mail) and the european dealer (in the Netherlands, by phone) ... as I live in France, all has been ok !!
  7. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    just there, on Aero's website--> http://www.aeroinstrument.com/options.html

    read this too: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f38/difference-parallel-series-hb-tone-839889/

    ... and I think you'll get the difference between both options; The fact is: PHC offers more possibilities, cos' you can choose between parallel or single coil, as SHB just let you the series mode.

    The CTPS option gets all: series/parallel/single coil as SGD's example: http://www.sgd-lutherie.com/media/Series-Parallel-Single.mp3

    I would say that series is punchier than parallel, wich is punchier than single coil.

    So the SHB could give the "big" punch", while the PHC let you choose between a punchy parallel mode and a "more passive style" single coil mode.

    Correct me if I'm wrong .... :bag:
  8. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    I think this is correct. I can ask him. I can understand it at least. Thanks.
  9. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    It all depends on how the pickup was wound. Parallel is often used if you want to switch the pickup into single coil mode, because the coils were wound hotter to sound good in single coil mode, and in series the pickup would sound like mud.

    But if a pickup was designed to be wired up in series, parallel gives a brighter, thinner tone, and the pickup in single coil mode might have lower output.

    I have made test pickups wound up to be in series and one in parallel, and could get them to sound almost identical, but the extra wire on the hotter coils gives them a slightly different tone.
  10. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Coming in a little late, but I got my first pair of Aero's not long after Larry offered them for sale. I love 'em! 3 years ago I did another Jazz build and it was a no brainer to get them again.
    Great pickups IMO.
  11. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    You are certainly clever than me , that's why I prefered asking for eventual correction, and it's welcome from you ;) in fact.?.. yeah... i must recognize I found that your soundclip was revealing a series "punch"> parallel > single coil ... but that's only my ears he !!! :D

    And I must say that since I'm a single coil bass player, I do not understand anything about wirings, all I can say is "does it sound good? is it what it's supposed to be ?" :bag:
  12. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Older thread resurrection!!

    Does anybody have any clips of Aero pickups? Especially the dual coils or quad coils? I was talking to Aero himself & he was talking about the CTPS pickups that can get all 3... single coil, series & parallel & I'm DYING to hear them.

    If no clips, experiences with them? My other option would be the CTSHB which is just dual coils in series & single coil
  13. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    My Stambaugh Resonance 5 has one Aero P.U. I cannot elaborate on the tech stuff.
    Chris specs them out directly to Aero as he builds.
    My axe is chambered, solid top, 1 Aero PU and Ghost Piezo PU built into the bridge.
    The Aero on its own is a very full clear sound.
  14. sheltjo6

    sheltjo6 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Reviving this thread with sound samples I found on soundcloud: