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Passive Humbuckers

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sijjvra, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Sijjvra


    Mar 31, 2009
    I know there's probably a thread about this somewhere but I wasn't finding it with the search function :/

    Anyway - this summer I'm taking my Brice Defiant 5 to a luthier to have some work done on it - basically just beefing it up. Love the body and neck on it more than any bass I've ever had, and the tone is pretty good too.

    Want to get a brass nut installed, fret level, and want to get some higher quality pups put in - but most of the humbucker pups I'm finding for a 5 string are active, and the Brice Defiant is a passive bass (which I prefer).

    Can anyone recommend a few brands of passive humbuckers? Looking for a more classic tone from them rather than super punchy and aggressive, like one would get from most of the active "made for metal" basses - ironic since I'm playing for a death n' roll band, but the really aggressive tone doesn't fit in the mix as well for us. Since this is my go-to bass it's going to need some upgrades for when we sit down and do some serious recording.
  2. you might wanna try looking into bartolinin or nordstrand, I don't know what size humbuckers you're after but these brands both make great passive soapbar and humbucker pickups
  3. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Nordstrand would be the best bet, they do customs, and from the look of it the Brice Defiant 5 uses an unusual format of pickups to say the least.
  4. Sijjvra


    Mar 31, 2009
    Yeah I was poking around at the Nordstrand site yesterday and was interested in checking them out more. I think I may just wind up also taking the bass in to the luthier before the actual work is done and seeing what he suggests, since it is a fairly unusual pup style + having it a passive 5-er.

    Thanks guys.
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