Help Needed on Deciding Pickups for that FAT Bass sound

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BongBass, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. BongBass


    Jul 12, 2003
    Hi all Pickup Gurus,

    I have a Steinberger which I would like to change it's current EMG Select Passives to an active source.

    The thing is that I do a lot of Top 40 stuff, which means I need to get a good blend between a Hifi Bass sound and one with lots of balls ala G&L basses.

    The reason why I would like to mod my Spirit Steinberger is because it is small and very light for gigs but, the sound is much left to be desirable, so if I can work on this aspect, I would have a very practical & strong bass to work with.

    I was thinking of using the following configuration to achieve this but am still very undecided due to a lack of experience. Anyone who has an experience with my type of desired pop tone, perhaps can help me in this?

    Ok here is what I propose as being workable on a small bass body like my Spirit Steinberger:

    (i) Have a Jazz single coil Neck pup and a Humbucker Bridge pup - Both actives and using EMGs. (very Lakland in config)


    (ii) Retain the current EMG passives and go for a U-Retro preamp from John East.

    Any comments?

    Thanks all! :)
  2. Bazzist


    Dec 7, 2002
    Nova Scotia
    go the john east preamp route.