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Clearest Sounding Hum-Free Pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. What, in your opinion, is the clearest sounding hum-free pickup?

    "Clear" may be interpreted many ways, but what I'm looking for is a pickup where all frequencies can be heard equally (even response - no cut in the treble, peak in the mids, etc) and the sound is clean (doesn't sound muffled, muted, or distorted).

    Pickup configuration doesn't matter... It can be a stacked-coil jazz pickup, inline split-coil jazz pickup, twinjazz pickups, dual/quad coil soapbars, MM pickups, split-coil P pickup, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
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  3. Also forgot to mention it's for a 5 string bass.

    Thanks, I will look those up!
  4. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004
    I have their 5 string bass at pickups, very clean, very clear, very quiet
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  5. Thanks guys! I've listened to a few clips and read a few reviews and they seem to be exactly what I'm looking for.

  6. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Bill Lawrence (Wilde) pickups are about the quietest and evenest sounding ones out there.
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  7. mysteryclock

    mysteryclock Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Franklin, TN
    EMG X-series. Pick your shape.
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  8. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
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  9. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I second the nominations for both Lace Aluma and Wilde. Great stuff, from personal experience. Wilde is cheaper, but Aluma comes in soap bar sizes.
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  10. Thanks everyone for your input so far!

    So far, I'm likely going to go for the Alumitones. I love every sound clip of them, their design, and how they look. I also like that they come in soap bars, it makes it easier to find a bass that they'll fit in, or I can route to make them fit.
  11. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland

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