Anyone use Sims Super Quad Pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kevan Campbell, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Hey, I ran across an ad for these a bit ago and was curious if anyone here uses them or has any firsthand experience with them? Do they do P, J & humbucker tones convincingly? I haven't seen much at all about them on TB and didn't know if they're just relatively unknown or if it was one of those "better in theory" ideas that doesn't work well in the gigging world.
  2. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Mark here did a review of them on an Enfield bass. The pickup voicings get demoed around the 9:40 mark.

  3. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Thank you for that video, I hadn't seen that one before. They seem to do a decent job approximating each pickup but don't seem to "nail it" to my ears. Anyone else have any thoughts?
  4. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
  5. ba55i5t


    May 24, 2006
    Has anyone tossed them into a bass yet?
    seedokebass likes this.
  6. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    Also curious... entertaining the idea of putting one in a bass I just got.
  7. thumbs&fingers

    thumbs&fingers Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2010
  8. bassplayer9512


    Sep 26, 2011
  9. Hawk99TA


    Jan 5, 2018
    Salisbury, NC
    I have a pair in hand as well as the jigs to install. I have a jazz bass build planned. Right now I'm still getting all the parts I'll let you know in the future.
  10. Gabe7539

    Gabe7539 Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2016
    I've played a friend's bass with these pickups in them. To my ears the pickup variations sound traditional to the pickups they're trying to emulate (Fender P, Fender J, Musicman/G&L Humbucker). IMO slapping a set of these in an old used bass is a good deal for the person moving past the beginner instrument or trying to get rid of some basses; you can have a bass that does all the traditional sounds for under $1k. However they're not for the person looking for a more specific sound, e.g. EMG, Aguilar, Bartolini, Delano, etc. It's a jack of all trades, master of none, and there are alternatives. I have a Fernandes Mockingbird copy that can reproduce every sound the Sims pickups can do and more.
  11. DC in ATX

    DC in ATX Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Bump. Did this come together?
  12. Hawk99TA


    Jan 5, 2018
    Salisbury, NC
    I'm so close. Life got busy for me. It won't be long. I've got the body done. I think I'm just gonna clear coat it cuz the wood grain is so beautiful. I chose a Glockenklang preamp and it's a little tall so I have to figure out what I'm gonna do about that. See pics. Any ideas? received_2641456255955501.jpeg received_358084538495655.jpeg received_1195942350740027.jpeg

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  13. 2 spring to mind.

    1. If you've enough body left in the controls cavity, cut a slot for the PCB to sit in.
    2. Try different concentric knobs or grip the outer ring in a vice and countersink the under side. Think you'd only get about 2mm with the countersink method.
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  14. Hawk99TA


    Jan 5, 2018
    Salisbury, NC
    Ok. So I finished her up. Shes's amazing. The pickups are amazing. So many tonal possibilities. 1220201357a~2.jpg 1220201853~2.jpg
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