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Mean sounding pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tupac, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    What are some pickups or manufacturers that have some growl and cut to them?
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    I like Bartolini's for that.
  3. I'd be inclined to say strings have more of an effect.
  4. G&L MFDs
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Can you rephrase that question with words that actually mean something? ;)
  6. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I got it. He wants pickups with "some growl and cut to them". I'd call that "snarly". Describing tones is subjective.

    Certainly G&L MFDs fit that description.

    Stainless steel strings should help too. Lately I've been using Rotosound 66's along with a Hartke XL cab to get more snarl.

    Strings are a good pace to to start, and are cheaper than pickups.

  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains

    What bass are we talking about here anyways?
  8. An OEM EBMM Stingray pickup is pretty darn growly. I just happend to have one for sale :)
  9. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    I'm getting quite the snarl out of a pair GFS Ceramic MMs, passive with 500k pots. Excellent bang for the buck at $30 or so.

    And this is with DR sunbeams. Haven't tried this bass with steels... yet ;)
  10. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    For real.

    The neck pu on my L2000 in series with SS strings got me that "snarl".