J's or Soaps for my fretless?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bardolph, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Fretless five string- maple/walnut through body neck, alder wings, ebony fretboard.

    I want a warm modern "mwahful" sound with growl.

    Seymour duncan basslines active soapbars or active J's?
  2. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Personally, I associate 'growl' with J single coils, so that would be my choice.
  3. I have Dual Soapbars with coil tapping on my bass, and I love it. The tone can range from almost Musicman-like to Fender Jazz to Ultra fatness. I love the Jazz tone, but can get bored with it at times. My fav. tone is still the Dual Soapbars, but I am not sure for a fretless....
  4. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Dual Soapbars..Every bass I own has them. Very wide tonal range to work with.
  5. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Bah, if only you could try these things out without buying them.... or routing big holes in your bass body. I'm thinking about going with the soapbars.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dual soapbar definitely.
    I love them on mine.
    The sound is always full and rich, really nice to my ears.
    I'm not a fan of J pickups in the first place, though.

  7. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Which brand of dual soaps?
  8. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Seymour Duncan.

    I also have a question about the soapbars. There are ASB phase 1s and phase 2s. Is there any difference except for shape? Does one cost more?
  9. I like my EMG 40J pickups. Sadowsky uses them on some of his basses.
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Bartolini dual or quadcoils... in the sweetspot or a pair.
  11. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I still need an answer to my question- is there a difference between the ASB1 and ASB2 besides shape?