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Pickup swap that made the biggest difference in your tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by faulknersj, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. Lardass5000

    Lardass5000 Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2016
    Pulled the EMGs out of a Fodera Monarch before i got rid of it....

    ....I would have missed those pickups
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  2. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    I’m stuck with the stock pups in my bass, because anytime you swap out Alembic electronics, a kitten dies. :)
  3. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Stock Squier P pups to EMG PAX's.
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  4. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Pull out active EMG's and all circuitry pertaining to them, then return to original stock early 80's Ibanez super P4. Voila!
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  5. KevinOn10


    Nov 26, 2018
    Levittwon, PA
    I work for Sam Ash Music
    I took the stock pups out of my LTD B4E and put in a Seymour Duncan SSB set. MUCH BETTER TONE
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  6. Jakeman

    Jakeman Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    New Orleans, LA
    Putting Novaks in my Gibson Midtown was a game-changer.
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  7. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    Biggest difference?

    I’ve had a 1967 Fender Coronado II since I was a kid, and I started playing in clubs at age 17.
    I’ve played many, many gigs with it over the years. In the late 80’s the bridge pup went out,
    so some music store sent the pup to me rewound somewhere in California.

    Well it sounded awful because it was way too hot. In 2009 I sent the complete wiring harness to Lindy Fralin
    and was advised to only fix the bridge. The difference was night/day and now my CII sings again.
    Since I sent both I should have had both redone in hindsight, but the neck still sounds good as always anyway.

    The neck pup is over 50 years old while the bridge is a mere baby at 9.


  8. I installed one of these in a 4003. Really makes a Ric come alive. I think it makes the overall sound a bit brighter, but it's well worth it. I like this pickup so much that after selling the one I originally bought, I had to get another. I thought I wanted to go back to the stock Ric pickup. I was wrong.
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  9. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Biggest difference has been between ceramic blade pickups (also those with an internal preamp, low impedance.. like EMG) to an Alnico 5 platform. Tons of pickup choices and manufacturers that span those two different designs.
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  10. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    Not a bass, but ungluing the ceramic bars on the back of a set of cheap Strat pickups and replacing the pole pieces with alnico ones. All my basses already have alnico slugs in the pickups.
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  11. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    SAME TO BOTH!!!!!
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  12. J-Mags

    J-Mags Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I replaced a non-functioning Squier P pickup in a Squier with a GFS P pickup. Made it infinity percent louder and clearer!
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018
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  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    A pair of DiMarzio Model Ones to a pair of TV Jones Thunder’Blades.

    Huge difference, not surprisingly.
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  14. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    The best pickup I ever installed was a Lace TransSensor J neck that I installed in a Hoppus body parts bass.
    Bought it for $5 on Ebay. Very hard to find. I guess they were the precursor to the Alumitones.
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  15. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    ‘51 RI MIJ swapped out OEM pu for Rio Grande Muy Grande. Sounds original with more highs & lows.

    Roscoe: love Keith’s spec’d Barts but while searching out a minor malady we swapped for Classic Barts. Wow just wow. I’m not recommending this Carte Blanche but with this particular wood combination and AG pre they are open and fresh. Again only on this one in my experience.
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  16. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Anything stock to Duncans - on bass. Guitar i prefer Dimarzios - should try Duncans, but i never found a tone i liked with em in a guitar.

    But I just swap pickups here & there until i hear the tone i've got in my head - usually twice is the most i need to swap until i get there.
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  17. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Stock Washburn Taurus switched to DiMarzio Model J. Went from pretty neutral to total donut midsection girthiness.

    Ironically, it was part of my set of mods to make the bass more versatile...so it became a bass with huge jazz tone that could also be a bass with EVEN MORE HUGE JAZZ TONE
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  18. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    Fender humbucker to Lace Alumitone. Totally different. Plus a weight savings!
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  19. Bigpig

    Bigpig Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2015
    Squier stock for Bartolinis - warm, meaty tone and goodbye buzz - lovely!
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  20. C1123992-C33F-4EE8-B4F1-DD49D7D71D6C. Alembic P in place of stock MIA P

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