My quest for a brighter tone continues...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Whitenoise17, May 29, 2017.

  1. Whitenoise17


    Aug 6, 2016
    I currently own an Ibanez GSR206B, and have been searching for different methods of achieving an obnoxiously bright and aggressive tone ever since I began playing bass around a year ago.
    I've discovered many ways of brightening my tone
    (new strings, better sound equipment, etc.),
    and eventually, when I can scrounge up some money, plan to make the appropriate changes.
    Now comes my question:
    What are some of the brightest pickups available?
    I don't want anything that will be overly complex or confusing to set up, and don't want anything too fancy, either. Just some pickups that will sound nice and clear, and bright as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. the brightest bass pickups I've ever heard were q-tuners.
    Last edited: May 29, 2017
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  3. Sounds like a set of active EMG's are in your future...
  4. Actually if you want really bright pickups, you may be able to simply rewire what you already have. If it's possible, rewire your humbuckers to parallel mode, then buffer them individually, before they are blended. Switching from series to parallel will raise the pickup's resonance by about an octave, and buffering them will make this resonant peak as tall as it can be. You want buffers with at least 1Meg input z.
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not 100% positive, but likely those pickups are passive with an active pre. Bypass everything. Send the pickups directly to the output jack. Maybe try a 3 way switch so you can send just the bridge pickup to the output jack with no tone controls whatsoever.

    You said obnoxiously bright. That'll get you there.
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  6. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    I only really have much experience with the active EMG 35DCs on my Spector, but i would definitely classify it as a very bright, yet tameable, sound.
  7. I was going to suggest what two fingers said. Start by taking the pickups straight to the jack, to see if that's enough to do the trick. If that fails, then parallel wiring is a great suggestion!
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