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Favorite Passive Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gopher Bob, Jan 5, 2002.

  1. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    Whats the most popular passive pickup??? Everyones opinions are welcome. If you hate passives then just say so. Im just wondering what are some of the better types,brands,kinds,etc.
  2. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I am completely satisfied with the stock pickup in my '97 MIA P-bass... so much so that I've put a Fender P in my cheesy Hondo and am ordering '62 J pickups for my two J types... (MIM and homemade...)

  3. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    Yay, i love when i get the responces im looking for, thanks!!!!
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    (yet another) plug from me for the DiMarzio Split-P :rolleyes::D.
    I dunno how it compares with say, an S/D ¼-Pounder,
    but IMO the output is pretty hot (250mV). I got one in
    a Yammer RBX260F, and this "hotness" translates into one
    really sensitive pup. It's also dawned on me :p that because
    of the Split-P's blade polepieces, string spacing isn't that
    critical vs. "regular" P drop-ins. That is, if you're like makin'
    a Warmoth Special and your sweet-spot is not in the
    standard P position (up near the neck), this DiMarzio gives
    ya' more flexibility Re pup placement.
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Fav P pickup-stock MIA

    Fav J pickup-DiMarzio DP123
  6. Fralins, Bart 9w or Basslines Hot Jazz (SJB-2). Depending on what mood I'm in. :D. Got the Duncans coming.
  7. I have to go with Duncan Vintage Js and Ps. I have 2 Js and a P in my P bass (Yeah, I know:D)

    Rock on
  8. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    My favorite pickups are G&L's L Series Bass MFD pickups and Seymour Duncan/Basslines Music Man Replacement Pickup.
  9. The Bartolini Musicman replacement is one of my faves. It turns a Ray into a smooth RnB machine.
  10. boobinga


    Feb 9, 2001
    Pacific NW
    My Aeros sound pretty good.
  11. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Well, the only real active pickups out there are EMG, some Seymour Duncan, and a few OEMs from Peavey and Ibanez.

    Bartolini certainly has a good reputation. They're quiet, and have a wide variety of possible sounds and shapes.
  12. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Actually, Bartolini makes some active ones aswell.
  13. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Oops, you're right - some active P and J models (do they make any active soapbars? I don't see any). Sorry to imply otherwise.
  14. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I really don't know if they make any soapbars, but I think I heard something about something like that sometime.
  15. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    Bartolini's sound good, but they seem to have a low output. It seems like they were designed to be used with a preamp. Still great pups though.

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