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Best Pickup for that "High-Fi/Modern" Tone ...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by IotaNet, Mar 28, 2009.


  1. I ran across a clip that I absolutely love the tone in:

    This is a Cirrus that also approximates the "Smith" tone. I can't afford a new bass right now but I do have one that could use some new pickups.

    What pickups can I buy in a standard "P5" shape that will help me approximate this tone? My bass has a Lakland LH3 preamp which is pretty versatile so I'm sure I'm good there.

    The question is, Which pickups?? (Nordstrand? Bartolini? EMG?)

    Opinions wanted!
     
  2. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    Those 3 names are probably all you will need.
    I personally think Barts could nail a Smith tone if eq'd right.
    EMG's will probably sound the 'fastest' of the bunch.
    Nordstrands are impressive. Good luck with your decision.

    Bears or Vikings?
     
  3. LOL - Are you nuts?
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    Bear Down, Baby!!! :smug:


    Seriously, thanks for the feedback on the pups.
     
  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Don't overlook Delanos either:

    Delano five-string soapbars

    Don't know if these particular models are quite the size you need, but they sure look sweet to me. Betcha a set of these would do you right... :cool:

    MM
     
  5. Pay particular attention to the positioning of the pickups!
    This very thing is mainly what makes the character and sonic signatures of a Jazz, Musicman, and Smith sound like they do.
     

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