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SGD Neo pickups - anybody here use them?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Mar 15, 2013.


  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Does anybody here use SGD Neo pickups?
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    SGD is my first stop for replacement pickups. I love their punch and clarity, and Dave can make you most anything. I currently have them in my Lakland 44-02, which was a HUGE improvement over the stock Lakland pickups. There will be a wait time, but that's true for most custom pickup makers.
     
  3. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Sounds good. I'm looking to replace the somewhat bland active pups I have in my Peavey Millennium Plus J/J. I was thinking about going with the Neo's because they can be wired series/single/parallel so I'd have more options. I'm replacing the preamp in that bass with a 4-band Audere Classic.
     
  4. funnyfingers

    funnyfingers

    Nov 27, 2005
    Did you check out the sound clips? They sold me. I should have mine maybe by next weekend.

    Will be going in my Epiphone Thunderbird Classic Pro. ND-3 in the neck and SW-4 in the bridge. I will be doing sound clips of as many combinations as possible.
     
  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Yeah, I checked out the sound clips, but that only gives an idea of how they sound in a particular bass with particular strings through a particular amp. They do sound good, though. I think I'm going to go with a set of Neo Jazzbuckers some time in the summer.
     
  6. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've got neos in a fretless I built and they sound really good. Every bit as nice as any other makers out there. I can post some clips for you when I get home.
     
  7. bassike

    bassike

    Apr 24, 2008
    Montreal
    probably not your kind of music, but you can listen to my pups on this recording.
    check the sound cloud.
     
  8. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Awesome. That is my kind of music completely depending on my mood. I'm 43 but I've been on a Fall Out Boy kick for about a week. This morning I was listening to Michael McDonald and some Steely Dan, and finished up with some Thin Lizzy before my Algebra kids all came in.
     
  9. bassike

    bassike

    Apr 24, 2008
    Montreal
    Glad you like it, thos are SGD neo MM size and a jazz, in a carvin LB 5 strings.
     
  10. funnyfingers

    funnyfingers

    Nov 27, 2005
    Do you have an isolated track?
     
  11. bassike

    bassike

    Apr 24, 2008
    Montreal
    I can ask the guy who is recording my band, if not i might record something at home.
     
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Thus far, I'm finding the SGD + Audere combination to be a real winner. I've got a set of SGD wide-aperture Neo humbuckers in both of my Carvin Icon 5s, along with an Audere 4-band + "Z" mode switch, and find that the pickups and the preamp complement one another very well. The net effect is very smooth, very clear, very clean, very full-range, very hi-fi. :cool:

    MM
     
  13. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass Supporting Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    Just ordered a set of neo jazzbuckers. gonna put them in my Warmouth fretless. it's a heavy Alder slab, wenge/ebony neck with some generic pups. I'm getting some real nice dark/smooth/pillowy neck tones but the bridge tones are simply puke. I'm hoping the neos will add some life and warmth to blend with the "dark side". I'll find out soon enough as David has a set in stock.
     
  14. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I have ceramic SGD Sidewinders, not neos, but I can say that the quality of Dave's work is second-to-none. Simply Wizard.
     
  15. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Cambridge, Ontario
    Based on the discussion and feedback in this thread and others, I decided to take the plunge. Sent an email to David for advice on choosing the right pickups for my needs and he was kind enough to send a sound clip. That reply came after 1:00 AM so I guess all the incoming orders means he needs to burn the midnight oil on a regular basis. Lead time on his website says 12-18 weeks which means my order should arrive sometime between late June and early August. I figure a quality product is worth waiting for.

    Hey MysticMichael, great to hear you're enjoying the wide aperture ND3 and Audere ProZ combo. That's what I'll end up with in my Ibanez SR1000 Prestige. Can't wait to test drive them. Now... to go invent a time machine...

    Jeff
     
  16. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    I have a set of sidewinders in emg 40 shape in my fretless. They are mounted to a Bart EZQ filter preamp. Very unique and desirable sounding.
     
  17. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I just have to say, one of my Sidewinders broke, probably my own fault, and David shipped me out a new one in only about a week!

    Now I can finally get off my backup bass and start jammin' on my main player again!

    Thanks so much David, you are Da Man!
     
  18. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I wound my last pickup for the day at 3 am this morning... so yeah, I work late.
     
  19. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Let me know how the new one works out for you.
     

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