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Best "dark" pickup? (Closest to a Wal?)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by __HM__, Aug 17, 2012.


  1. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I know no pickup will ever make my bass a Wal. And I don't necessarily want that. I just want that growly, mean, dark, woody kind of tone, delivered the best way possible. Somewhere between a Warwick and a Wal, would be accurate.. Probably something higher output.. Something that would sit well in the mix of a Tool, or Pearl Jam song.. I have no real idea what Im looking for though. All I can do is describe the tone.. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. I really like my SGD lutherie ND3 pickups. I don't think they're quite as thick as wals, but they have richness all the way up and down the spectrum. Wals have such a unique thick yet crisp tone, I'd describe them as somewhat similar, but more hi-fi.
     
  3. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Those look fantastic.. Im looking to fit them into my Rockbass Corvette $$. Here's the MM sized one:

    http://www.sgd-lutherie.com/pages/ND3-M4.html

    Now, maybe Im missing something, but I thought all 4 string MM pickups were the same? What's the deal with the wide and narrow options? Or are these referring to the thickness of the pickup?

    Thanks! Any other suggestions? :)
     
  4. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    it probably refers to the distance the poles are apart. if you have a 4hh the string spacing narrows toward the neck and a bridge pickup there will have strings not directly over the center if the poles.
     
  5. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I thought SGD used bar magnets?
     
  6. BassGyver

    BassGyver

    Jun 29, 2004
    Belgioum
  7. Aye, you definitely want to spring for wide: thicker sound.
     
  8. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Oooooh. So there's no shape or size difference, just a matter of tone? Thats interesting.
     
  9. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Of course :) 2 of those suckers in my 'Wick... Im drooling already. :hyper:
     
  10. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    The best Wal-sounding pickup would be an eight-coil pickup. Wait, I have one on my desk ready for sale. PM me if you are interested.
     
  11. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    PM'd.
     
  12. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I'm using MM size covers, but the pickup inside is not made like an MM pickup. It's not intended to sound like one either.

    And I have the Wal clones coming in MM pots in the near future. ;)
     
  13. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    ....REALLY now. Define "near future" perhaps? :hyper:
     
  14. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    In my lifetime. ;)

    Seriously, things are moving along. Parts are being sourced for the pickups and preamp. Next step is manufacturing them.
     
  15. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    That's freaking fantastic.

    Are you making a clone of the Wal preamp as well, then? If so, I for one, am beyond pumped.

    ....And, if you don't mind asking, any idea on pricing?

    Not to poke/badger/annoy, but this has peaked my interest, to say the least :)
     
  16. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Yes, the preamp as well. The preamp ail be a more modern version of the Wal, with better noise and distortion specs, and be modular, but will otherwise be a functional clone.

    No prices set yet.
     
  17. __HM__

    __HM__

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Absolutely cannot wait. Think I'll save my money for now.

    Thanks for answering my questions and whatnot! :D
     
  18. This will be worth the wait!!!
     

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