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Best pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Scoly, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Scoly


    Mar 6, 2013
    Hey, have just heard Bartolinis for first time sound great.Could anyone please tell me what they think is the best bass pickup. Thanks.
  2. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Ask ten bassists, get eleven answers.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    For actives I only like EMG P's and J's. But I have a lot of favorite passive pickups, and it all depends on the application. The Fender 62 Original P and 60's CS J, DiMarzio Model P or Model J or Ultrajazz, the Duncan Quarter Pounder, the Danelectro Lipsticks...just like anything involved in making music, there really is no best bass pickup, just a lot of really good ones that some like and some don't, and a handful of crap ;)
  4. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    The best pickup out there is the one I like the best.
  5. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    My favorites are Duncan dual-coils or the Nordstrands of the same configuration. I like the Sadowsky soap bars they use in the Modern 5-25 and their humbucking J pickups, too. Now that I think of it, I like a lot of pickups.
  7. keyofnight


    Jun 3, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    I'd like to test drive a pair of SGD's Sidewinders. They sound pretty awesome in the recordings they've posted.

    To be honest though, I can't tell the difference between most pickups. Even when I hear some kind of difference, I can usually find other reasons that I hear a difference: different amp, different cab, even different wiring/components. For example… in the manual for my pups, there are two resonant frequencies listed: one for 500k volume pots (2600Hz), another for 1M volume pots (4400Hz). That's a difference of 1800Hz! That's a world of difference. I've gotten so many different sounds out of the same bass just by going passive, adding a varitone circuit, changing the kind of pots I use, etc.

    Yeah, that was a rant. Sorry. (;
  8. There is no best. Please don't use that word. It's like a red rag to a bull on TB.

    It's the B-word and should be banned.

    Reword your question and say what sound you're after and what bass you have then we can offer informed opinions.

    Well some of us : )

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