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Seymour Duncan SPB-2

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by 3tsb, Feb 17, 2013.


  1. 3tsb

    3tsb

    Nov 17, 2009
    CHICAGO
    I acquired an ESP Vintage 4 recently and used through my amp for the first time on stage last night. Wow! Is it "honky". So much so, I rolled the bridge p/u off and ran the mids on my amp flat as opposed to boosted like I would with my Lakland Jazz bass. I was still able to cut through the mix with no problem. Is this an inherent trait of the SPB-2's?
     
  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    The SPB-2 has very thick, pronounced low mids -- a range often scooped out on a J-bass. So, if you were boosting mids on your amp with the J, I'd expect you to be bringing them down with the SPB-2.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    +1

    mids are not a problem with P-basses, which is why i'm not a fan of the loud but rolled-off duncan "hot" P.

    their "vintage" SPB-1 is much more balanced and musical (my fave of the three), while if you want a "boosted" P pickup their SPB-3 quarter-pound keeps some highs and lows.
     
  4. acebase62

    acebase62

    Jun 29, 2010
    I also swapped a SPB-2 for the vintage SPB-1, and I prefer the SPB-1 tone and versatility.
     
  5. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Northern California
    The Antiquity II P is also very nice, more bass and wolly character than the SPB-1.
    I have both and tend to prefer the Antiquity, that being said the SPB-1 is a superb pick-up and a really nice value.
     
  6. Mr.Typhus

    Mr.Typhus

    Sep 14, 2004
    Finland
    Yeah, I have the exact same bass, ESP vintage 4.
    I also changed the P-pickup to SPB-1 vintage. I really liked the SPB-2 together with the bridge pickup, but alone it was too "muffled" on the high-end and I dont think precision basses need any more middle on their sound :) Now I am really happy with the sound! You should keep the SJB-2 bridge pickup, It works great with SPB-1!