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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

    Will_White

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

    Thanks, I will look those up!
     
  4. LoveThatBass

    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.

    :bassist:
     
  6. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    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
    EMG
     
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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

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Q-tuner.
     

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