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Novak question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gutfeld, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Gutfeld


    Mar 22, 2017
    Hello, all! I've heard nothing but good things about Novak pickups. I'm torn between getting his PB-V and his Charlie Christian (PB-CC). Has anyone used or heard both and is willing to comment? Novak's YouTube links don't help that much. I find it hard to hear the bass in the band settings. Thank you!
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  2. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    @Snaxster : Didn't you try both of these?

    To the OP: I own and love the Novak PB-V, but have never tried the PB-CC. The Novak Vintage P pickup is just a beautiful example of a perfectly crafted early 60s Precision pickup. Mine has terrific clarity with a really sweet top end, and great detail in the midrange.

    The PB-CC, based on reviews I've read, adds a thicker midrange and a touch more output.... but the description would be best left to someone who has experience with the pickup!

    If you're looking for a prime example of a classic P Bass sound without any mods or changes, don't hesitate on the PB-V. It's incredible.
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  3. Gutfeld


    Mar 22, 2017
    Thank you, e-flat! Articulate and sweet top end sounds good to me!
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  4. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Good memory, e-flat. ;) But so far I only own both and have yet to install either my second PB-V or my one PB-CC. Sad, I know, but too many pickups and too little time.

    Gutfeld, here is my initial review of my first PB-V: Mini-review: Curtis Novak PB-V handwound Precision bass pickup

    And here are some later, comparative comments I made:

    As I scanned here for players' comments about the PB-CC, I got the impression that the PB-CC characteristically has bump somewhere in the midrange, and is thicker-sounding than the PB-V.

    Of course there is only one way to know for ourselves. If you try both, please let us know what you heard. When eventually I do, I will report.
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  5. Gutfeld


    Mar 22, 2017
    Thank you, Snaxster! I think I will try both and report back. I have found that low lows and high highs tend to get lost in the mix, sometimes stepping on the guitarists' and drummer's toes, so to speak.
  6. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
  7. Gutfeld


    Mar 22, 2017

    Looks like I'll be getting a PB-V and a PB-CC! The Charlie Christian is fat and clear. I'd put that one in my thinner-sounding bass. Thanks!
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  8. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    That's mine. I've since moved on to the PB-V. ;)

    The best thing about Novak pickups is dealing directly with Curtis and his wife. He was very kind and allowed me to exchange pickups until I found the right one. All three P bass offerings are great in their own way, but ultimately the vintage version was the one I settled on.
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