CS 62 vs. Quarterpounder

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SoundCityBass, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. SoundCityBass


    Jul 21, 2018
    Hi, I want to buy a Nate Mendel Precision Bass but I‘m not sure about the SPB3-Pickups. I‘m looking for a modern P-Bass-Tone and comparing the sound of different Pickups I liked the sound of the Fender CS 62 the most. For the Quarterpounder I found also some sound samples but most of them are played with pick and lot of attack, and I’m not really sure how they will sound played with fingerstyle and less attack. Since I found out that the voicing of booth pickups seems to be similar - boosted bass and treble, less mids - I wondered if Quarterpounders will sound kind of similar to the CS 62.

    Had someone the chance to compare booth pickups?

  2. forrestlaw

    forrestlaw Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2018
    Don't know if this thread mentions the Fender CS pickups, but extensive discussion on Quarter Pounders...

    P gets buried live.
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I don’t know where you “found out” they’re voiced similar. My ears tell me they are not. Maybe they have some similar specs “on paper”? To me, the CS ‘62 sounds like a good traditional P-Bass pickup with a nice midrange presence. The SPB-3 sounds like a pickup that I don’t care for, so that’s all I have to say about that. ;)
  4. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    If you are not Nate fans, I suggest you get the classic or roadworn p for “Pickups Gas Experience.”
  5. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    C's 62 could sound scoop with just V shape EQ ; meanwhile the QP is really hard to dial back the MID. Maybe some bright MID roundwound stainless steel bass string along with pick could help.
  6. SoundCityBass


    Jul 21, 2018
    Yeah, on paper they are definately similar, but I guess the QPs have far more output. But also in other threads I read that the CS 62 sound a liitle scooped too. So I hoped that by lowering the volume pot I could get that kind of sound.

    @Yahboy Not a Nate fan, but looking for a rosewood neck and I really like the neck-size on the Mendel... But I guess it‘s a good point, that there are more sounds possible with the CS 62 by using the eq.
  7. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    On your case, I suggest you get the Nate P first, and try Pure Vintage 63 P pup.
    I own it on my Squier CV 60p, not just sound really good with Ti flat, also produce great punchy meaty tone with stock Fender 7250 string.

    Off topic.
    Scooped pup + scoop ampeg tone = Scoopy Scoopy Tone !!!!
    I would recommend Fender original 60 pup or GZR to match your Ampeg.
  8. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    I looked at those plus Fender's original 62 pickups. Ended up with the originals because I what I heard in the custom shop didn't equate to the higher price and the "custom shop" label to me.

    I could not find a SD quarter pound equipped bass to play locally. I had to rely on youtube which I don't like doing. I did find the quarter pounders to be a bit over the top for me.
  9. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    If you’re looking for something that pays respect to the classic 60s PB vibe but is a little more “modern” (which to me means it has a broader range and more clarity) then I can recommend an Aguilar AG-4P-60 pickup. ($110 street) I’ve used them on a few PBs now and I was never once disappointed. One of my all time favorite pickups for a Precision. Best of both old and new school sound.

    Another good choice IMO is the Dave Allen 1080. ($99 direct) Same deal as the Aguilar but maybe with just a tiny hint more of the same sound.

    Bith are fine replacements fot the stick Fender pups. And the price won’t break the bank.
  10. I'm a fan of the EMG Geezers for a mid bump, not really a modern tone but one that really works well in a live mix, and my second choice being the DiMarzio model P. It's thicker in the bottom, and has a nice growl when pushed a little. The latter I have set up with a bass with flatwounds on it, and it really punches pretty hard.

    Id say the cs 62 are more of a lower output sounding pickup, maybe a little mid forward, but in a traditional way, definitely not a modern or an aggressive sounding pickup when I had them in a bass. They aren't a bad sounding pickup, just not a favorite of mine.
  11. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Quarter pounders are mid scooped and will kill your presence in a mix. They sound great playing alone in your practice amp.
  12. SoundCityBass


    Jul 21, 2018
    Thank you for your replies! Ok, so I guess I should aware that I’ll have to switch the pickup if I buy the bass. I heard people could get some good results towards a more traditional sound by lowering the volume, the tone or the pickups but the more traditional pbass pickups seem to get me the sounds I‘m looking for out of the box...
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