Passive Soabpar Pickup suggestions?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ratchetthe1s, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. ratchetthe1s


    Dec 19, 2014
    New Zealand

    So, I have a Fleabass, touring bass and I want to change the pickup on it. And as per the title, I would like to go for a passive sound, something warm and funky sounding that could still handle rough sounding riffs, so something versatile. Maybe something that goes well with slapping too.

    I've heard that the EMG 35hz's aren't the best, which has put me off a bit, and I've heard that the Seymour Duncan Passive Phase II (2) is decent, but I can't find any good videos on it so I'm still unsure. Also, the wiring diagram for the phase II's shows a pair (and it comes in a pair I think) So I was wondering if using just one with a tone know and volume know would still work?

    And on the topic on knobs/pots, I know nothing so some info on that suited to some suggested pickups would be awesome too.

    Thanks in advance! :3

    (Also, Merry Christmas!)
  2. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'd look at Barts for "warm and funky." I'm not sure what "funky" sounds like to you, but Bartolinis sure are warm.
  3. midichlorine

    midichlorine Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2005
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  4. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I ordered two of these SD NYC pups for my bass, specifically because of them being touted as more warm and organic. I'm going to wire them up to a switch to run both in parallel or series so I can switch them between a warmer, punchier sound or a brighter sound. You can order them as a set, or get a single one for the neck or bridge position. I got mine from Best Bass Gear.
  5. Nordstrand Big Singles are great. And they come in a couple of different sizes.
  6. ratchetthe1s


    Dec 19, 2014
    New Zealand
    Thanks for all the feedback!

    So I've been looking around again, with everyone advice and these are now what I'm looking at

    Bartolini M34CBC - T (Bridge pickup) -

    I'm unsure about what Nordstrand to choose size wise but from what I've seen they sound pretty sweet.

    And the Seymour Duncan NYC's sound pretty cool too, though I'm unsure about the electronics side to that.

    If I'm honest I'm unsure about the electronics side to all of it :p

    Talking of that, I'm thinking of grabbing a new tone and volume pot at the same time as when I get the pickup since the stock ones are a bit scratchy, but I'm not sure what ones to get and if it wouold be different for each pickup. Could anyone help me here too?

    Thanks in advance! :)