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Jazz Bass Pickup shootout Tone not Chops

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jschwalls, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA

    curious what you guys think...

    Which do you prefer ...

    I have 3 sets here David Allen Jazz...Dimarzio Ultra-Jazz...Duncan Antiquity II

    not in that order.. or maybe they are.... I will reveal the mystery in a few days...

    Be sure to set video option to 1080p ..

    Thanks guys...

    #1 Dimarzio Ultra-Jazz
    #2 Duncan Antiquity II
    #3 D.Allen Jazz
  2. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Number 1 by far has the best overall tone. I found 2 lacking any real 'oomph' on the low E string, gradually gaining in 'oomph' until the G. Number 3 I thought was too much 'oomph' across all strings. So, my order of preference is the order they were played; 1, 2 and then 3.
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  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    1, 3 and 2 for me.
  4. Why do you hammer with the 3rd one? Or keep changing the tempo so much? Hard to do a comparison with these inconsistensies. Also, try recording direct next time. I personally don't trust camera microphones.
  5. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    sorry it sucks so bad...

    I have ton of excuses..
  6. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    Number 3 for me. It had the most consistent, expected sound across all styles. I'm sure it'll boil down to the type of music you play.

    I could be happy with Number 2 as an all around sound. Number 1 didn't do anything for me, too honkey (as in goose, not white).

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  7. BrBss

    BrBss Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    1 parallel, 3 series.
  8. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lititz, PA
    2, 1, 3 (Slap 1, 3, 2, but I'm not a slap player)

    2: I preferred the warmth of these pickups
    1: Very nice attack with a nice punch
    3: Too open and "uncontrolled" sounding
  9. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lititz, PA
    Funny, that's what I thought about number 3. To each his own :bassist:
  10. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    2, 1, 3

    #2: has a nice warmth and midrange punch (as mentioned above)
    #1: fairly even response but lacking any real character and punch I like about #2
    #3: too bright and scooped sounding for my taste
  11. CPplaysBASS


    Mar 17, 2007
    I'm choosing #2 overall. I'm hearing a little more top end than #1 and think it would punch through a full band mix a bit better. # 3 sounds too nasally to me on most of the examples, although I liked it most for slap style.
  12. Syxz_ML


    Apr 10, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I chose 1 over 2. But 3 had its own unique range I could see myself using for other applications then I would use number 1.

    So 1, 3, and then 2
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    You recorded #1 and #2 similarly and increased the attack on #3, So since I don't have a reliable basis for comparison for #3 against #1 and #2. So my choice between #1 and #2, I would choose #1
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  14. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic

    Mar 20, 2011
    Spokane, Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    There were certain applications I liked #3 the best, but only a few. For example, if I had to play slap using only the bridge pickup, I would use #3. For many of your comparisons, I liked #1 and #2 equally well. On several, I liked #1 the best, but overall, #2 was the clear winner for me. So...

  15. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    2 then 1 then 3
  16. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Your camera's audio/mic compression creates unreliable examples.
  17. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    1 series
    youtube may not be so clear but i'm listening on sony mdr7506--good earmuffs
  18. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    Youtube compressed the CRAP out of it.. bummer I spent a lot of time with the audio...

    oh well.. just a fun example for guys to hear..
  19. Syxz_ML


    Apr 10, 2012
    Los Angeles
    YouTube compressed audio or not, miced amp recording or direct, regardless still a helpful shootout
  20. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Yes, intriguing. I liked #1 the best, then #3, then #2. But I'm really curious about which one was the DiMarzio.... :)