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best J pickup for rock

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by funkedupbass, May 28, 2005.


  1. I'm looking for the best J pickup to give me that rock/dirty/growly/agressive/but still smooth/ ability sound sound when played via fingers, with good output/quiet.
    I'm looking into the bartolini 9k's, the seymour duncs antiquity 2's, Bill Lawrence j-45 or the dimarzio dp-123 model J.
    And wether or not I should go active with these or not, or possibly have active/passive switching?
    You can listen to the band I'm currently with a www.myspace.com/twinlights
    I need to know by tuesday!!!
    thanks,
    eric
    funkedupbass@hotmail.com
     
  2. big evil robot

    big evil robot

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Innovations Music - Retailer
    model j!
     
  3. big evil robot

    big evil robot

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Innovations Music - Retailer
    after listening to the recordings.

    1. how much growlier do you want to be? to my ears you already have a pretty killer tone.
    2. what kind of j-bass are you using?
    3. if by active do you mean pickups or just adding a pre-amp?
     
  4. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    Indeed! I would kill to have a bass tone like that! ;)..... sounds tubeish to me :)! What bass and amp are you using?

    Sorry to hijack the tread btw :D
     
  5. I prbly should have mentioned that was the guitar player before I joined the band. I'll ask tonight and let you know.
    I would add an active/passive switching preamp.
    What about dumcan hotstacks as well to the list?
    thanks,
    Eric
     
  6. big evil robot

    big evil robot

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Innovations Music - Retailer
    SD hotstacks are excellent as well, i'd put them right beside the model J's for tone. The hotstacks just cost almost double sometimes, but I think the humcancelling is better. I had them on a Squire P-J special and they were great.
     
  7. DannyB

    DannyB

    Aug 17, 2004
    +1 on the DiMarzios
     
  8. I have the DP-123's on my jazz. They have a nice, growly tone when running in series, but whether series or parallel, the highs are never as crisp as stock.

    I currently have a set of the new J-45's (with alnico 5's) on order, due to arrive in a week or two....

    In my experience, the 123's are pretty quiet, but BL pups are quieter. I'll let you know how the J-45's work out.
     
  9. So the guitar player says the bass was some generic ibanez bass direct in. Just one of those things I guess.
    SO I guess I narrowed it down to the barts, the j-45 and the Dimarzio model J's.
    Re~~~y curious about those J-45's and the model J's as well. Barts seem to be a good staple though.
    Anyone know how these sound with chords/fingerstyle/hum/buzz?
    Thanks for ~~~ the input.
    -eric
    funkedupbass@hotmail.com
    I also have a used pair of dimarzio ultra jazz's avail if anyone wants.
     
  10. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    Thanks!!! You have ruined my life! Now i can't blame either my Ibanez or my direct input for my tone! :spit:

    :D
     
  11. JJBluegrasser

    JJBluegrasser Wannabe Snazzy Dresser

    Apr 17, 2003
    USA, Raleigh, NC
    I know it's past tuesday, but just to complicate things, I put the Seymour Antiquity IIs in my active American Jazz and I freakin' love them... All kinds of punch. I also use an overdrive pedel to put a little edge on things when necessary...

    Jason
     
  12. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Another vote for the DiMarzio Model J. I've replaced the EMG- J set in my fretted Jazz bass with a set of DiMarzio Model J's. They're very meaty sounding and do a great job for rock.
     
  13. big evil robot

    big evil robot

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Innovations Music - Retailer
    my model j's should be on the way soon. woo! :bassist: