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Help me choose pickups for my Thumb

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Squidfingers729, Nov 4, 2010.


  1. Squidfingers729

    Squidfingers729 Supporting Member

    May 22, 2006
    Lafayette, La
    I'm struggling right now to choose which pickups I want to put in my '93 Thumb Bass. I was all set to get a pair of Dimarzio Model J's and wire them with push/pull for going btw series and parallel. Now I'm questioning them because I'm reading that they sound dark which is definitely not what I want.

    I'm looking for a balanced tone with punch, a tight low end, and to be able to cut through when I articulate on my fills. The highs don't need to sizzle but I definitely want some highs there. So basically "clangy" and "boomy/dark" won't work.

    Best example I can think of that has some of those qualities is here. I like the tone and balance in the intro and how his fills jump out at you near the end.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaafMpqXXBs&ob=av3e.

    Although I won't be tuned so low,I like the tone and low end in this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByQxAe88eTc. Note that I'm not necessarily trying to copy his tone exactly.

    Also, right now I have an Aguilar OBP-3 installed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  3. Squidfingers729

    Squidfingers729 Supporting Member

    May 22, 2006
    Lafayette, La
    I appreciate the help but I'm actually looking for pickups for my Warwick Thumb bass, not picks for my thumb.

    Thx though!
     
  4. liquid sunshine

    liquid sunshine

    Jul 24, 2010
    i am considering an aguilar preamp for my thumb as well. how did it change the sound with the stock pickups still in
     
  5. KsPiNeSh

    KsPiNeSh

    Mar 28, 2008
    Kansas City
    4 string or 5? Love the Joe Bardens in my Thumb - growly, tight, and as bright as I want them to be.

    ThumbNT3.
     
  6. Chrisk-K

    Chrisk-K

    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I didn't like the MEC pickups in my Thumb. I had a Corvette equipped with EMG Js and I much preferred the EMG tone.
     
  7. Squidfingers729

    Squidfingers729 Supporting Member

    May 22, 2006
    Lafayette, La
    It is a 4 string, and I've actually never heard of Joe Barden pickups. I'll definitely have to look them up.

    As for my bass, I bought it used from a TB member without a preamp so I can't contrast. However, I have no complaints about the Aguilar at all.

    Anyone else?
     

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