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best Bartolini's for the James Jamerson sounds

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pendletone77, Dec 8, 2005.


  1. pendletone77

    pendletone77

    Dec 8, 2005
    I have a P-Bass and have been wondering which Bartolini pickup would come the closest to the sound of Jamerson.

    Bartolini currently have these pickups available for the passive P-Bass: 8S, 8ST, 8SU, and the 8SBP.

    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  2. Xanaptabil

    Xanaptabil

    Jul 18, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    I've only tried the 8S, but my impression is that barts are too hi-def and sustaining to get the motown sound. I'm running labella flats and the sound is great but definitely not motown.
     
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    that's my impression too after using a couple of different bart P pickups
     
  4. pendletone77

    pendletone77

    Dec 8, 2005
    the sound is great but definitely not motown.


    First off, thank you for the replys. Next, if Bartolini's aren't that close to the Motown sound then does anyone know what pickups on the market would be the closest to that sound?
     
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    most 'vintage' style P pickups and the bass strung with flatwounds.

    My favorite P pickup is the Nordstrand NP4, but the Fralins are good for vintage sound also. There are others, but I haven't tried too many of them so can't comment.
     
  6. Maybe you should try some of the Fender Custom Shop pickups.