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BassCulture pickups - ceramic vs neodym

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by elros, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi

    I am having a local luthier build me a seven stringed bass, and I am concidering Bass Culture pickups for it.

    Does anyone have experiences with these pickups, I'd like to hear about it.

    It seems that I have to choose between the "clearbucker" with ceramic magnets, and the "neobucker" with neodymium (sp?) magnets. Which should I choose? The sound I am after is basically an even response, full and clear....

    Also, I am planning to have two of these pickups on my instrument; that means four of these fat magnets per string... is this possibly a bit much magnetic pull - will it affect tone? I am especially worried about that on the thinner strings - I want to be able to play harmonics and stuff with long and nice sustain, like I can on my old bass (four string with EMG TW pickups)

    My pups will look much like this one, except 7 string config and with (probably) Maple cover...

    I'd be very grateful for suggestions, insightful comments, experiences, ideas - any help. Thanks.


  2. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi

    I need to make up my mind about what pickups to have in my custom 7, and the more info I have, the better I can choose.

    Ceramics vs. neodyme?
  3. soul64basses


    Mar 26, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I would go with the neodyme!I played the Music man Bongo bass which had neodyme's.It had a big-N-fat sound with clear trebles and mid's perfect for R&b,funk,rock,ect.Also,I would check into the Q-tuner which is a neodyme pickup which is could be the first to try one! :D
  4. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    The bass is done; I went with the neodyme model.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    And Woah! :hyper: I am flabbergasted. Just got home, and plugged my new nice seven string bass into my new nice AccuGroove Tri112 (powered by an old but nice Eden WT800) and YAAHH! It is AMAZING!

    I had a pretty good impression when I had that hour in the studio recording the below mentioned sound clip, but dude, while the studio monitors are good (Genelec 1029s with the 7050 sub), the AccuGroove/Eden rig is utterly fantastic! And the Listerud sounds astonishing through it - those BassCulture pickups were a good choice.

    Here is a sound clip thrown together in a rush; three tracks with various pickups configurations, no processing. Old Norwegian (or Scandinavian?) hymn.