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SD Antiquity II vs SPB-1

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KyleSerlington, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. i have a used MIM P-bass coming in next week and i know i'm eventually going to change the pickup and it's between these 2. i have an SPB-1 in a warmoth that i put together and i love it, but seeing as how this is going to be my 5th p-bass i'm thinkin i should change it up a little, so what can the antiquity offer me that the SPB-1 can't soundwise? i know the output will be a little lower but what about tone? i know when Mike Dirnt started using p-basses in the late 90's he used antiquities in them and i liked his sounds from back then, but unfortunately there doesn't seem to be too many demos on youtube of people playing them, and it seems like a lot of places don't even stock them. anyone have any firsthand experience with both of these?
  2. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Antiquities are made to replicate 50-60 yr old pups, I know duh right. So no two sets will be exactly alike. The winds are different from set to set as is the magnet strength. So you never know exactly what your getting, except knowing its a well made high quality product. I'd try them in your situation, just know what to, well, expect.
  3. Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Jan 15, 2010
    I have antiquity II's in a jazz. I wouldn't hesitate to put a P set in if needed. I'd say all things being equal- try them. As you said, it's your 5th pbass
  4. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    I have both. The AntII is substantially brighter and more transparent, the SPB-1 more round.

    Having both is a good idea.
  5. gregmon79

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

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I threw a set of Antiquity 2's in my P a couple months ago, they were very nice to my ears. Very warm and defined. I ultimately took them out and installed EMG-PAX's in my P, I love the sound and punch of active pups. The SD's were really nice though. If I liked passive pups I probably wouldve kept them in my P. I dug them more the 60's Fender reissues.