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Best Pickups for fretless bass (need your advice)?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by NYRGravey9, Jul 17, 2012.


  1. NYRGravey9

    NYRGravey9

    Nov 21, 2011
    Howdy all. I just converted an old Ibanez Soundgear bass to a fretless (actually isn't that hard, there's a great 10-part series on YouTube, i can link it later), and I was wondering what pickups would best accentuate the fretless sound?

    It was a 300 series soundgear, with both a J and P pickup, if that helps. Thanks!
     
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  2. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    That. I love the sound of a fretless P/J.

    As to the choice of pickups, my preference is to go as close to vintage-spec P and J as possible. I don't care for the sound of high-output (hot) pickups in a fretless. YMMV, of course.
     
  3. I have the voodoo jazz pickups in the bass in my picture and I love them, they don't get enough attention I don't think. I'd either get some of those http://www.voodoopickups.com/
    Rio grandes or EMGs if it was my bass
     
  4. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    I haven't got any yet, still saving for them, but I like the sound of Delano SBC5 HE/S..or at least I like the sound of them on the soundclips on their site
     
  5. Anything noise canceling, so you can solo pickups with sounding like a bug zapper.
     
  6. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Anything quiet that you can hook to a good on board 3 band EQ. Bart's would be OK. If you like more traditional, Vintage Vibe does a coil tappable split P and a split coil J that are great sounding and very quiet.

    IMO having a properly voiced mid control is the schnitzel for fretless bass... Which is why my other answer is a stock EBMM Stingray... But that's to gonna fit for you...
     
  7. Hapa

    Hapa

    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Nordstrand NJ4SE noiseless single made for fretless and the nP4 p pickup or the vintage correct one.
     
  8. Klepto84

    Klepto84

    Dec 4, 2010
    Hi...I have a Squire P-bass that I had converted to fretless, mostly because I am lefty and found lefty fretless off-the-rack was hard to source and pricey. I use flatwounds and get a decent fretless voice through my Roland 100 cube, but was considering replacing the 3 pick-ups on my bass. Any suggestions?
     
  9. The original model EMG pj set is my fav combo pj pickup set. I have this in a fretted ESP Vintage 4 and in a LTD fretless 214. I have a fretted LTD 204 with a '62 p and Duncan vintage j and honestly think the EMG is better, especially for fretless and I consider myself a traditionalist and usually prefer passive basses.
     

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