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Sadowsky Mv5 single coils vs Humc.?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Squice, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Hi guys.

    I´ve got Sadowsky MV5, And i´m very satisfied with the sound I´m getting just a fantastic Bass. I´m using it Passive & aktive depending what sound i´m after. I´m really liking it in Passive mode, little more rawness and bite. But overall I sometimes would like a little more growl and bite to the sound.

    So i´m wondering if i should get the Single coils. What do you guys that have swapped the humc. out for a Sc. think?
    Does the sc. really add much to those factors in sound?
    And are you happie with the results you´re getting or do you sometimes think about switching back.

    Do the hum really set you off?

    I haven´t installed the Vtc yet. And really don´t see the reason to do so for now becouse i don´t think that the bass is to treble at all and still i am a bass heavy guy, maby it´s becouse i´m using Ashdown ABM500, pretty old school bass heavy amp.
    I have read alot of posts claiming them to be very treble basses, "the maple board ones"

    Hope somebody can set me straight about the Sc. Vs humc. Question.

    with best regards.
  2. Sorry for the wrong placement of this thread.
    Should be in the pickup column...
    And maby i should have done a search over there. :)

    my bad..
  3. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I'm replacing my humcancelling pups with single coils sometime this week, and will try to post something about it (though having been without the bass for a week already, it might be difficult to compare the pups directly).
  4. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I own 4 Sadowskys presently and all are humcancelling pickups. Ive talked to Roger a couple times about switching. He feels the singles are a bit fuller sounding but also feels the standard humcancelling pickups are very close in tone but without the horrible hum when gigging or recording. He also feels you should make your own mind up and try some out. I've yet to pull the trigger on the singles because frankly, I think my basses sound amazing in the mix. Dont feel I need to. That being said, I'm still curious. LOL

  5. Sorry to steal the thread, but I always wondered if there was anyone you trusted, Bikeplate.

  6. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Not to offend any current owners, but of the 3 that I've owned, the mids were ULTRA scooped and mushy sounding on the first two that had humcancelling pickups, whereas the single coils in the third made a HUGE difference in the sound. Complex mids, aggressive highend, and YES, a little hum. IMO you won't get the true magic of these basses without the single coils.
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    No, I trust no one. Dont know how old you are but if you've lived as long as I have and been through the crap and lies I have, you would trust no one either. I spent 16 years in a high profile sales job, many bands and projects, etc. Its been many years of lies, broken promises, and deceit. Lots of smoke blown up my a*%!!!.

    Here is some advice. There is one person on this earth you can trust. Its yourself. No guessing once you figure that out

    My rant for November. LOL

    Rock on

  8. I prefer the single coils. I have two Sadowskys with the humcancelling and one with the single coils.

    The single coil JJ is more textured and nasty. It gives more Jazz bass grind when I dig in. I love it in passive mode through some tubes driven hard. The humcancelling are fine, but the bass with the single coils always sounds exceptional.

    With the blend centered or slightly favoring the bridge pickup, I've never had a noise issue live or recording. With either pickup soloed, there is some sensitivity to hum.


  9. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    See what happens on TB kids? You sign on for a Sadowsky thread and what do you get instead: priceless wisdom.
  10. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I just call it an old guy rant, El. I look like a kid but I'm a geezer

  11. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I guess I'm ahead of the game here cause I understand everything you said backed up with my own personal experiences.
  12. I'm more of a single-coil kinda guy. Some of my favorite recordings were done with a Sadowsky equipped with single-coils.
  13. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Curiosity and the Cat....

    Roger installed SC's in my recently acquired RV5. I can't really compare 1 to 1 as far as the humbuckers, but these SC's sound great.

    However....there is a gig that the band I've been playing with does at a casino, which has a big neon sign over the stage. You can see a picture in the photo on the site page:


    ..very bad result on that stage with that sign and the SC's. So, be aware that that there are some cases where the SC's can be a problem.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    It's all good. :)
  15. I´m totally loving this bass. Fantastic instrument. Roger sure knows how to please us :)
    I dont find the mids on my mv5 to be ultra scooped, maby a little but that i can fix on my amp. And no mushy going on :)

    I really loving the sadowsky sound. But just wondering if fantastic could get better. :)
    A little more openess, Growl and bite to the sound would get me closer to what i´m looking for.
    The single coils don´t come very cheap so i just want to be pretty sure before i buy.

    this is in some contrast with what i have heard other guys quote from Roger, He has also said that nothing sounds as good as single coils So i wonder.

    Thanks for the responds guys.

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