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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Oct 22, 2002.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    As every day passes i am closer to getting a warmoth 5 string gecko. I am still picking finish and pick ups what should i do. I dont really know alot of about active pickups but i am affraid of having a bass that depends on batterys to play is it worth the risk. Should i just go passive with a sadowsky pre amp any one have expirence with seymore duncan they are the recomended pickup of the gecko any help would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU :)
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I prefer EMG pickups. Theyre active, and if the batery dies, you are screwed.

    On the plus side, they sound great. Rob DeLeo uses EMGs in his basses.

    After EMGs, I would probably recommend Fender vintage PUs or DiMarzio pickups with an active preamp and a bypass switch in case the preamp dies.

    To tell you the truth, bateries barely ever dies mid gig. You can tell when theyre starting to go low way ahead of time, and in the worst cases, need to be replaced every 3 months or so.

    Something else you might want to look into is getting G&L pickups in your bass. I have a G&L L-2500 and it really kicks. There was a thread not to long ago where a guy was asking where to get the picups and someone gave him a name.


    Those pickups have some serious power behind them. Dont think that adding two MM pickups will give you the same effect. Ask anyone who has tried.

  3. bwbass


    May 6, 2002
    You can use all kinds of passive pickups with the Gecko - -Bartolini is a good place to start, and the Duncan Jazz and Music Man pickups work great, too. The main concern is string spacing. With any passive pickups, you can add an active EQ and have a passive "bail-out" switch.

    As for preamps, the Duncan STC-2p, and STC-3p will work this way with passive pickups. We also carry the Aguilar Onboard Preamps, the OBP1 and OBP3 which both sound great and will do the same job.

    I have a really long list worked up of all the pickups that will work with each of the string spacing options on the Gecko 5 and 6 - if you'd like I can post it.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    My Blue Gecko has BAssLines ABS2-5 w/an Aguilar preamp. The bass sounds VERY, VERY good.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503320">

    My Sunburst Gecko has EMG 40DC's & an EMG BTC pre-amp & I don't like the sound of it at all. I looking into finding a pair of used EMG 40J's to put into it. The bass sounds GREAT acousticlly so with a better set of p/u's the bass will sing!!!!!

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=706663">

    Personally, though, I'd go with a set of EMG 40J's & a Sadowsky pre-amp. I think that this combo of p/u & p/a is INCREDIBLE & I haven't found anything better, IMO

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