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Need thoughts about Modulus Q6

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bassman8416, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    hey guys,
    I just got a new Modulus Q6 about a month ago with an aguilar obp-3 and Bart pick-ups. The Barts seem to be lacking in the punch department and just a little to mellow for my taste. How would the aguilar pair up with EMG DC's? Thanks for your time.
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    DCs will probably be really harsh with the graphite neck. They are edgy sounding pickups.
  3. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    Any ideas what what pair well with the obp-3 David?
  4. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Kent Armstrong hand wound!
  5. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    I'd go the other way... I'm very happy with Barts is my Q6 and the Bart NTMB eq. It sits in the mix so well.

    Don't know anything about Kent Armstrong pickups though, maybe I'm missing out.
  6. I'll go with the obvious ---- setup and strings
  7. I own your exact setup
  8. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    Could be the preamp. However i have played q6 with emg dcs and they cut through the mix very well with a more focused high- mid presence. However in my q6 I have bartolini pickups and bartolini preamp and i love it.
  9. fishstix


    Feb 28, 2006
    I have a Q6 with the Bart's and OBP3 and a Q5 with EMG pups and pre. The Q6 is is very warm and big sounding while the Q5 is very articulate and lively. I think if I ever switch things up with either of those I'd change the pre in the Q6 to a Bart or maybe Audere. However, the OBP would just get reassigned to another bass needing some more heft probably. If I wanted to go further, I've read of some folks having Nordstrand big splits or dual coils made and working well.

    With that said, I've come to a point where I'm using each of them for what they do well and that's all. I've been lucky to acquire the variety I need to do that though. Neither of those basses are my go to for gigs covering a lot of styles, however many people could use them successfully that way I'm sure.
  10. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    I owned a Q5 and have tried the EMG P, CS, and DC's. I agree with David- the DC's will be harsh. However, The EMG CS's paired very well with my modulus, as they have less going on in the upper midrange and treble. If you like a bass sound that is forward in the mix, you will probably like these.

    Since you already have the Aguilar, there are many other pickups that will pair nicely with it that can get the tone you are after.
    +1 on the strings suggestion- that could get you closer to your sound...
  11. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    I admit I am still learning about and getting to know the bass. I will start with some new strings and a setup. Thanks guys.
  12. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I've got a Q6 with barts and yes, they are mellow and I am a Bart lover and I really don't like EMGs, but all I want to suggest is to first TRY your bass in a band in a mix. My Q6 isn't really all that impressive when played alone, but in a mix that sucker cuts through like a hot knife in butter!

    Just try a few situations first before switching to those bright EMGs, that's all I'm saying.
  13. ChrisPbass


    Jul 18, 2006
    Fairfax, VA
    Kind of a lame reply but this is a somewhat popular topic on the modulus mob threads. Give a look
  14. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    I have a Q6 and I've gone through a bunch of pickups. I started with Lane Poor and they were the hands down best sounding of the bunch, except for the extreme susceptibility to noise. I sent them back to Lane for replacements, which he promised me right before he went out of business. Damn. I then went with EMG DCs. They seemed kind of vanilla when playing them but always sounded good in the room and on recording. Next I went with Barts, although I don't remember the specific model. I have Barts in a lot of other basses and love them, but they always felt like it added a layer of something between me and the bass. Next was a set of EMGs again, with a 45J and 45TW. I tried them both in both positions. I couldn't really feel comfortable with them. Next was a pair of Seymour Duncans. I really wanted to like these, but for some reason the tone was never there. Where am I now? Back to the EMG DCs. They just work right with this bass. I know they have a reputation of being sterile, harsh and bright, but that has not really been my experience. I've gotten some great dub reggae sounds out of them, without even having to crank the low end on the preamp (even to the point of sending smoke billowing out of my fEARful), just by altering how I play. Eventually I'm going to put my ACG EQ01 preamp in there as well, but I think they are very nice pickups, as much as I've tried to avoid using them over the years. They are staying.
  15. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    I have 2 Q6's one has flamed maple top/phenolic fingerboard/EMG DC's/EMG BQC the other has purpleheart top/chechen fingerboard/Lane Poor/Bartolini NTMB. The Barts may seem to be lacking punch because you aren't using a Bart pre with them. The pickups on their own are fairly low output, the gain is made up in the preamp. I personally love the EMG DC's with a Modulus - with that setup and an Eden WT800, there is nothing you can't dial in (or out). I think the reputation of them being sterile has more to do with string choice than anything else. If you use stainless steel rounds - its gonna be bright, but you'd be surprised at the tones you can get with compression wounds (I use Ken Smith Slick Rounds). If I was going to buy something to work with your Aguilar preamp I'd try Nordstrand Big Singles or Big Splits.

    ...And if you ever do decide to try EMG's, get the BQC preamp with the sweepable mid frequency - it's invaluable IMO.
  16. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    +1 on the strings. DR Sunbeams are just perfect for me and last for months.
  17. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    I have a Q5 that has had a number of pickups over the years. So far I am most impressed with the Barts I have recently installed for both pickup and preamp. As for strings I couldn't agree more with the Sunbeams. They just really work with Modulus basses !!
  18. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Put me in the category of liking the Barts. My fretted Q6 has the Bartolinis with the NTMB pre as well as switching (P Bass, Humbucking, Humbucking out of phase) and it works very well as a recording bass.
    My fretless (a duplicate of Marcus Miller's old Q6) has EMG DCs with an 18v system with sweepable midrange. It's a little hard to get a really warm tone out of it and the EMGs can be a little nasal. Here are the two basses:
  19. lofreek


    Jul 19, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    I've got a Q6 that I bought new in 1992, which currently sports Lace Alumitone 4.5 bass bars. Of the many pickups that I have experimented with in this bass, these are the most to my liking.
  20. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    Thank you to everyone for some great input. Particularly I appreciate Roy for chiming in, great playing man and I can hear the differences in sound between the two videos. Man I wish you lived up here, would love to get some lessons on the 6-string.