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Pickup output (Lakland 44-64 P/J vs G&L SB-1

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GBBSbassist, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar... Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    The bass player in my band picked up a Lakland 44-64 P/J bass last year at Sweetwater's Gear Fest. For the longest time, he's been switching back and forth between the Adam Clayton jazz bass and a G&L SB-1, mostly playing the SB-1 though.

    He's been complaining about the volume of his Lakland and is considering new pickups.

    Is his volume concern misplaced due to comparing to a G&L? I've never owned one, but always heard the pickups were extra hot.
  2. JZQuantum

    JZQuantum Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    I have similar experiences. My StingRay output is pretty hot. I compared it to a MIA Fender P bass recently and the Fender's output was so low I was convinced something was wrong with it. I think that's just how they are.
  3. BassPilot

    BassPilot Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Novato, CA
    The MFD P pickup in the SB-2 that I have are extremely hot and LOUD at full volume. It's almost as loud as most active basses I've played. After playing it for a while, my perception of the other passive basses (I don't have any active basses any more) was that there was something wrong with them. I finally came to the realization that the MFD is Godzillilan :D from a volume perspective.
  4. No other passive pickups can really compare, except for those dual-blade ones like DiMarzio makes:

  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    As Leo Fender was losing his hearing, he kept making louder instruments.

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