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hottest passive pickups in your experience?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KSDbass, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. KSDbass


    Mar 25, 2005
    What do you guys think are the hottest passive pickups on the market? I think they're the Dimarzio DP146's, at 175 mV.
  2. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    I would bet Q-tuners are way up there - I'll get my multimeter out and give em' a measure.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    The DiMarzio Split P I had in my Precision was silly hot. I ended up swapping it back out for the stock pickup.
  4. i hate to ask dumb questions, but define "hot"
  5. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
  6. oh.....loud is good isnt it?? i mean, perhaps if they were OVERLY BRIGHT i could see a problem, but loud?? that's what volume knobs were put on the bass for
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    +1 (though I still have it in a yammer rbx260f :) ). It's spec'd at
    250mV as are the DiMarzio Ultra-Jazz'

    I've got a Kent Armstrong MM type I hope to drop into a passive
    situation late August; blade style, ceramic. Supposedly can be used
    passively (like the S.D. SMB-4d it's replacing), i.e., its output is high
    enough to be used w/o a preamp

    Though it's not listed on the DiMarzio site, the X2N-B (DP125) is still
    available by special order. There are a couple online shops that sell it
    as well. If it's anything like its g**t*r counterpart (X2N/DP102) at
    500mV output ... :eek: :bassist:
  8. S Lewis

    S Lewis

    May 23, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    my Peavey T-40 pups are almost hot enough to be active
  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    The output on the Model P is ridiculous. I swapped it out for the slightly tamer (and much warmer) Seymour Duncan Hot for P-bass.
  10. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    The stock pickups in my '92 Rickenbacker were insanely hot and loud. One day I gathered up the courage to unwind them a little bit to tame 'em (also making them clearer.)
  11. The single coil beast in my girlfriends old 68 musicmaster.
  12. DannyB


    Aug 17, 2004
    +1 on DiMarzio. I have the DP126 set (a model P and model J set) and they are hot. Especially nice with 500k pots :hyper:
  13. The Villex pups are quite loud compared to other passive pups.
  14. KSDbass


    Mar 25, 2005
    500 mV?! I don't know that much of a difference 1 mV would make, but that is just ****ing crazy. I think.
  15. Using my ears to 'measure'....I have to say my passive G&L basses with MFD's are very strong.
  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Di Marzio X2N-B or OBL L-80.
  17. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    My Nordstrand NP4 is very loud :bassist:
  18. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Without a doubt, MFD P pickup in G&L's.
  19. Dimarzio Split P's.
  20. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Dingwall FD-3's are the hottest outputs Ive come across in a passive bass. The series config really shows this off.