Back up bass build *Talkbass decide my pickups for it*

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TonyP-, Apr 5, 2019.


  1. Big Singles

    9 vote(s)
    40.9%
  2. Big Blades

    10 vote(s)
    45.5%
  3. J Blades 'warm & woolly'

    5 vote(s)
    22.7%
  4. J Blades 'clear & clean'

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  5. JB5 70's wind

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  6. JB5 60's wind

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Hello TB
    I'm known for playing Mike Lulls however after a sketchy airport experience I'm building a less expensive backup bass for 'some' fly out gigs.

    It will be a Warmoth Gecko Medium 18mm with a Ash Body and Ebony fretboard (my preferred combo). The pickups are pulled back in a tighter position on those basses, which I also like.

    I'm %100 going to put Nordstrand pickups in this bass and want Talkbass to decide what they are. It will be a nonstandard preamp as well V-B-b/t-passive tone. Possibly wire in series.
    Pick one or as many as you like.

    Cheers
    -Tony
     
  2. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Illinois
    2 P bass pickups.

    Blades. Warm, woolly.

    Series parallel switch for both pickups.

    Think 5 string BCRich...
     
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  3. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Dude, anything called "Warm and Wooly" has to be good. :D
     
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  4. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Looks like people are dig the BIG series....hmm...I get it I do to.
     
  5. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    I'd go with soapbars, then you can pick what works best - Big Singles, Blades... or maybe Zen Blades or Big Rigs, for something different... Heck, you can even get J pickups in soapbars from Nordstrand :)
     
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  6. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Get solderless connectors while you’re in there...
     
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  7. I’m partial to Big Singles.
    Big Blades Warm/Wooly for close 2nd.
     
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  8. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    That’s exactly how I’m leaning.

    I have several pairs of Big Singles in my Lulls and they are truly my favorite pickup ever.

    However I cannot go wrong anywhere here. I’m integered by the blades BUT I’m not one that necessarily needs diversity lol
    My stable consits of
    -Bright sounding 35” 5 Strings that are mostly single coils
    -Bright sounding 4 string J basses
    -Throw on PJ (to say I have a P) and 1 J with dead rounds. (Recording only)
     
  9. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I am running Big Singles in a bass and have a build going on with Zen Blades. I voted for the big blades as that’s what I’d have put in my new build if the Zen Blades weren’t available. I like being able to solo my neck pickup with no hum.
     
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  10. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    This

    I have a number of different Nordy's, and they are all in the EMG35 package size.

    So far, I'm really liking the DC Neo in the neck, and a Zen in the bridge.

    Swaping out pups from time to time is kinda fun, and almost makes for a new bass when there is a swap
     
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  11. Carrots
     
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  12. 4StringTheorist

    4StringTheorist Supporting Member

    You've got a bass with the Big Singles in series. I say you go for one with a set of Big Blades in series! :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
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  13. Charlzm

    Charlzm Guest

    Mar 25, 2011
    Big Splits. I have them in my Dingwall Afterburner and they are gnarly, untamed tone monsters.

    But, if you have to get only what you have listed in the poll, then go for Big Singles. They are also aggressively-voiced and take to overdrive like a duck to water. I have them in my Dingwall Combustion and they are outstanding.

    View attachment 3378748

    A quick note: I ordered Alnico III for the neck position and Alnico V for the bridge on both of those sets so I would have more contrast when dialing down volumes and more bite favoring the bridge pickup when both were at full.

    I also have a bass with an NP4A in the neck and NJ4SE in the bridge. This baby is probably the best-sounding bass I have.

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    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
  14. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    BigMan in the sweet spot with a jazz pup at the bridge
     
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