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darkstar vs p - sound clips

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by screaminglucy, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

    I have no preference, both sound fine.
  3. both sound good - get 2 basses!! :D

    as soon as I get my dream P, next'll be a darkstar P. . .
  4. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    always wanted to hear a darkstar comparison. Love the Darkstar. I need a Darkstar P !!:crying::crying:
  5. rwelcome


    Jan 26, 2005
    Were the settings the same? The Darkstar sounds noticeably quieter.
  6. +1

    It sounded like the darkstar was more subtle, maybe less output?
  7. MarkusBass


    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    What P pickup is that?
  8. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA
    the p pickup is a nordstrand np4
  9. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA
    the level may not be the same i had to turn down the level on the preamp for the darkstar because it is a lot higher output and less compressed in character
  10. i can't imagine the darkstar is lower output. nordstrand might not be the best example of a P sound but guess what? i like the P clip better
  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Hard to say from the clips. (These days I like to "normalize" the audio from different bass sample clips, get the levels as close as I can. Otherwise, the louder clip tends to automatically sound "better".)

    The P did seem to stick out w/ more midrange. Bump the Darkstar up a few dB, though, and that could be a nice thing. Seemed like it had a thicker low end.

    I'd like to try playing a set with that Darkstar axe - then I'd really have an opinion! :bassist:

  12. jhfishn

    jhfishn Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Mays Landing, NJ
    I really like the P pickup. Much more too!

    The Darkstar seemed .... well .... dark. I liked the articluate clarity of the P.

    I kept going back and forth to see what i thought. I've never heard a darkstar before and I have a 2004 Lakland Bob Glaub USA with Lindy Fralins so i would think I'd be a bit more to leaning toward the Darkstar just because of what I've heard but that was not the case at all.
  13. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    The P is better to my ears. More defined.

    I have tried many pickups in my P, the latest was the Fralin, and always returned to the stock one ( '08 USA P, La Bella Flats)
  14. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA
    i'm probably going to redo these clips with fresh strings on both basses (and fix the levels). the darkstar may sound darker because the strings are a bit older.
  15. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    P sounded better imo. Better clarity, more mids. DS sounded too muffled imo.
  16. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Agreed. I won't take it as the final verdict on Darkstars v Ps though.
  17. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    What monitors/speakers are we using here? You all may have perceived a lower output, and maybe you're right, but I heard much more on the low end with the Darkstar. More scooped and high mid crisp with of course less midrange. Different speakers, different ears, different taste... Thanks for the clip!
  18. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA
    this is exactly what i hear (using headphones)
  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That's pretty much what I hear through my Bose Companion 3s but I still have no preference and think they both sound fine.
  20. MarkusBass


    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    Me too!

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