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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ArpeggiFish, Mar 1, 2008.
What pickups with an Audere preamp is the most versitatle passive pickups?
If I knew the answer to this, I wouldn't be playing a P-bass while my Jazz sits on the stand. Honestly I'm on my 3rd set of jazz pickups and I keep coming back to Fender Original Bass pickups.
I went with Aeros, and here's my " customer satisfaction reply "
"Larry, they're beautiful! Full as a harvest moon, " throaty" I call it, deep lows , yet I can pluck up high on the G string and it rings clear as a bell with no squwak.
Lovely Lovey magnets here Sir. Wiring is quiet as well. AND... oh AND I can dial in the bridge pup exclusively w/o any more hum than first appears when you shut down the neck. ITS A P BASS! You can solo the pups very quietly. Cool. Very very cool.
Thank you Larry, these made my axe!
Now, I have to back and hear 'em some more...I just finished putting the bass back together.
I was actually just looking at Aero's. Can you get good highs with them?
Completely unstrained, and my B string never sounded so clear. For the record, the oem pups I replaced were more "vintage" sounding. Also. Aero had me redo the wiring, and there's more tone varaition now, as opposed to oem Lakland.
As far as single coil Aeros go, I have them on my second Ken Lawrence Brase I 5str (Swamp Ash with walnut top, 35"; the Aeros are paired with 3 band Bassline Preamp along with active/passive switch and slap switch). They are nice but then again I am not crazy over them: balanced sound but somehow subdued; not a lot of sparkling highs IME. I suppose you are talking about the passive, straight to the jack tone of them. My .02
For the most versatility, I'd want noiseless. I'm happy with my Lindy Fralin Split-Jazz, which are very close to pure single coil tone and have worked for me in a variety of contexts. Others love Nordstrands, and I'd probably go with the NJ4SE for a heavy classic rock vibe.
What about sd's Antiquity II's??? Don't want to hijack this, but I'm also looking at good upgrade to my passive j-pups. I've tried the active route, and was never really happy with it, so passive all the way.
Ditto on the lsat statemnt, Only time it mattered is when the rent a sound guys had 50' of cabling for me to run through. Suspect the pre helped once in two years of gigs.
BTW here's a comparo:
and Aero J5
Its an " all thumb" slap lesson, so maybe not the best comparison.