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Help-replacing pickups in Brice Prestize Z6....

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by stix_clgi, May 11, 2011.

  1. stix_clgi


    Mar 4, 2008
    Accokeek, MD
    What's up TB!!!

    So I've read a lot about different pickup configurations, including opinions on why this set sounds better than this set, etc; I know that these opinions, especially about sound, are subjective, so I'd like just as general an answer to my question as possible.

    If you had to choose between a custom set of Kent Armstrong pups or a set of the Bartolini Quad Coil XXM56's, which would you choose?

    I personally love the sound of Ken Smith basses and from what I've read Kent Armstrong or his associates are the original makers of the Ken Smith pickups. I was also told that KA could tune the pickups to sound like a Ken Smith. That said, I know the Quad coil Bartolinis will probably offer a little more tonal versatility, especially if they are wired with the proper dpdt switches (I'll need help with that too lol)...

    More info: My particular bass has a maple fretboard which brightens the sound some.The preamp I'm installing is an Aguilar OBP-3 that's wired V-B-M(push/pull)-T/B stack-passive Tone. I've had an OBP-3 installed in a Jazz before and I absolutely love the versatility I get.

    I may just be talking (writing) out-loud to organize my thoughts, but any input from anyone with experience, especially with the Brice Z6, is helpful. Thanks in advance and God Bless!!!
  2. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Id go with the kent armstrongs if it was me. Cause Barts are a bit weak sounding to me.
  3. stix_clgi


    Mar 4, 2008
    Accokeek, MD
    Yeah I've done a lot more research, and I think the KA's are the way to go. I'm waiting on Brian Barrett from the LowEnd to tell me if Kent has a mold for my pickup size. He probably does, it's a standard 6 string soapbar. I'll do some before and after sound clips.

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