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Bartolini quad coils - how do they sound?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by craigb, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Hey Guys,

    I've seen lots of references to the Bartolini quad coils and taken a look at their layout. They look like they could emulate a lot of the "classic" bass (P, J, etc.) pickups.

    My questions to you guys who got them (in your DP customs or other basses) is do you think that a Bartolini quad-coil configured like a P or J pickup sounds like a P or J pickup? I wonder because the finest details (coil sizes, spacing, etc.) can't be exactly the same as the "classics". Are these the ultimate "chameleon" pickup that lets you have a single bass that sounds like all those others, or is one that lets you sound similar (but not exactly) like the others?
  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    can you help me too? i'd like to know how are the controls od this kind of pickups?
  3. I've got the XXP25 quad coils in one of my Brubakers. In my experience, I'd say no. The quad coils are much more aggressive and bright than either a Jazz or a P. Even in coil split mode, they retain that character--a very "modern" sound. I had a Brubaker with J's (Peter Romano has it now) that does a much better job of sounding like a J. I don't think I'd ever be fooled into thinking that my P25's are either a Jazz or a P.
  4. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Thanks Funkyc - that's what I expected. There is no free lunch. Have you ever messed around with a G&L with MFD pickups (your L-5500 doesn't count)? If so how do you think the Bartolinis compare to those pickups? My L-2000 was my favorite sounding bass and I'm curious if any other manufacturers pickups sound similar.

  5. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    FunkyC: Do you know which windings (C, E, EX) you have? I have the Cs (not bright or brighter). I'd agree with the main point: no. The difference between P and J options on the quads has more to do with the slight difference in pickup location for each half. This is one part of what makes the classic P-bass pickup sound like it does, but the main part is the way it is wound. My pickups aren't that hi-fi-ish, unless I turn up the treble control, they are fairly dark. They are wired in series internally. When I split the coils they do get a bit brighter.

    IMO, don't get a quad-coil if you're just going to use one of the configurations - get a split or double coil. The special thing about the quads is that they can be switched between all sorts of combinations and remain humcancelling.
  6. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Eleven and a half year bump! :smug:

  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Bahahahahaha. What made you wanna bump this thread?
  8. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    I'm curious also-
    Haven't yet routed/mounted the one I have.
    Any Roscoe players?
  9. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY