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P for Geezers sound

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bass_drum, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    What p style pickup would you suggest to best replecate geezer butlers sound?
  2. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I think this has been done before, and I think the consensus was something 'hot'... maybe an overwound Fralin?? Personally, I think a stock pickup and an overdriven guitar-amp...

  3. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    I swear to God this pickup replicates his early P-bass sound (I own it):

    Not as expensive as a fralin, either.
  4. joshwilson3


    May 8, 2005
    Would that be for Black Sabbath and Paranoid albums?

    Any other suggestions? What abou the Fralin or Bartolini?

  5. those fender P-bass, and play close to or on the neck.
  6. joshwilson3


    May 8, 2005
    What about the Dimarzio P pickups?

    I would like something with some output.
  7. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    This is correct. If you have a two pick-up bass, use the neck pick-up.

    On the amp, crank your "bass" to "11". Scoop the mids, and set the "treble" moderatley high.
  8. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    one question, if the mids are what make the bass cut though the mix, and geezer butler cuts through very nicely, why would i scoop the mids?
  9. having an older tube amp would help alot to get his tone.
    it really doesn't matter that much 'which' pickups you use, just a good over-driven p-bass tone should do. play a bit up on your fretboard, keep the mids around the lower freqs, and get a tube amp and push the heck out of it.
  10. Cougar207


    Jun 17, 2005
    St. Charles, MO
    I have the Dimarzio Split P's in my Ibanez Blazer. They have a nice growl to them with a clearer upper range. You might want to give those a look too.

  11. Geezers sound can be duplicated using a Bass Wah pedal which is opened up about a 1/4 of the way then left alone and then you play low with your fingers towards the neck jointand for some runs even right on the fret board (which I seen him do in video) . you will hear it and can adjust the wah accordingly to get the exact sound..

    I covered many sabbath tunes and this is exact so borrow a wah or try one at a music store and give it a try..
  12. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Trust me, that Fender pickup has plenty of output.
  13. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I have the DiMarzio Model P, and it has huge output. The emphasis there is on cut. It's definitely a P-bass tone, but NOT vintage. (See my reviews in the long P-bass pickup thread.) For early Sabbath, I'd want something with more vintage warmth -- maybe an overwound Fralin or Seymour Duncan Hot for P-bass.

    To some degree this is hair-splitting, because the DiMarzio's aggressive presence is generally great for hard rock, and would thus work for Sabbath. In fact, I'm using it on some Sabbath-like material now, and it works fine, especially playing up by the neck as others have suggested. But if you're intent on nailing Geezer's tone exactly, look elsewhere.

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