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SGD or Delano?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sublab, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. I'm swapping out the standard pups on my American Precision for a more modern and open sounding pickup. I've narrowed the options down to these two. I've played Delano pickups before and they sounded very good, but not the ones below. I have never tried SGD before. Can anyone make a comparison? For the moment I'm thinking SGD would be better still than Delano, maybe a more fat and aggressive modern tone. But that's nothing more than assumption from what I've read regarding these pups. Any idea's?

    Delano: PC4 HE/M2

    SGD: ND3-P4 (P Bass size) Quad Coil pickup
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Although you're very unlikely to find anyone who just happens to have tried both these specific makes/models, I can at least offer an informed speculation that either choice would be a very, very good one. :cool:

    I own two instruments with the SGD N3s (soapbar form), and love them for their deep, phat, thick, yet clear, modern whoomp! From what I've read about the Delano (from two other users who have posted their impressions), that one should also deliver "deep, phat, thick, yet clear, modern whoomp", but perhaps sound a bit less refined than the SGDs, with a little more aggressive, MusicMan-style punch - as per the huge, 9.5mm pole pieces. For that reason, I'd bet that the Delano would be just devastating for playing hard rock or metal. :bassist:

  3. Wow, it thought it would've been the other way around!

    Thanks, I'll look into the Delano's some more now!
  4. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    That particular Delano pickup is going to come VERY close to a Stingray sound. If that's what you want, then I would say go get it. I tried the 5-string version several years ago, and enjoyed its punchy, clear tone. It handled the low notes like few other pickups, yet still had a great midrange and treble.

    On the other hand, the SGD pickups are known for more of a natural and neutral presentation of the wood, strings and frets (if any). They can be aggressive or modest depending on how you play them.

    Try both? :)
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Get them both and sell me the one you don't like. I'll you offer 60% of the new price. :)
  6. It's going to be ze Germans. Will post a review soon!
  7. bassman74

    bassman74 Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Did you receive your delano pc4 he?

    Any reviews or comments.

  8. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I'd like to point out that my P4 pickup is switchable between three tones. One sounds similar to a P, thick but with a clearer top end, one sounds similar to a narrower single coil like a J, and the other is very similar to a Musicman.

    But either one you choose should be good. :D