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New Pickups or Compressor?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by perk45, Aug 29, 2008.


  1. perk45

    perk45

    Feb 2, 2008
    austin, tx
    Hey guys, I have an Ibanez SR 900 that I play through a Nemesis NA650 head with an Avatar 212. I get a good tone and the bass is very comfortable for my hands, but the problem is the E string is much louder than the rest of the strings. I've read that others have had this problem and solved it by replacing the MK-1 pickups with USA-made Bartolini MK4CBCs. Would yall suggest going this route or buying a compressor? I had the Demeter Compulator in mind.

    Edit: Sorry mods, this topic should be moved to the Pickups forum
     
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    If others have resolved this by replacing the pickups then I imagine that's going to be the correct solution.
     
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I would also suggest taking the bass in for a professional setup. That solves this sort of thing fairly often.
     
  4. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    Have you tried different weights/brands of strings?

    Or simply lowering the pickup on the E side?
     
  5. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    If you like the overall tone - don't do either of those. The Compulator isn't going to solve that issue for you. I found that it was too much compression - even at the lowest settings for me.

    My thought is that the advice to get a good pro setup is good. A good setup starts with where you get to talk to the person who will do the setup and you get to describe what you're looking for. It almost never start's with walking into Guitar Center ... Some lutheirs do great work on solid body electric's - some don't. Ask around your area and don't be afraid to ask what the guy's experience with basses is.

    In the mean time, drop the E side of your pickups a bit. I like my pickups a little further away from the strings than siome do. Tonally it seems a little more full, less 'peaky' for lack of a better word. Don't be afraid to drop the whole pickup, but the E side slightly more.
     
  6. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Ya never want to rely on compression to "fix" an issue with an instrument like that--sure it can have the effect of evening things out but then you're playing and "touch" on the bass is going to be affected by having that thing on all the time, at what would have to be a pretty heavy-handed setting. Would backfire on you later when you need to play a different bass and rig or if you end up in the studio where you wouldn't want to use a stomp for compression while tracking.
     

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