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Discussion in 'Ask the Berklee Bass Department' started by Valois, Sep 29, 2013.
What makes soapbar pickups more favourable over single coils?
That are not more favorable. They tend to have a very centered low mid punch. Its just another sound that you can use.
Best for you to hear side by side.
Oh ok. I'm just about to purchase my first Sadowsky and I was tossing up between a modern and a standard. I think I will stick to standard now
Looks like you just joined. WELCOME! Unless you have heard a particular soapbar you like, I would stick to standard J pickups. Literally dozens of companies make drop-in replacements for them if they aren't everything you dreamed they would be. So you can change your sound without a lot of cost/effort.
Hey, thanks Two fingers, yeah I think that's probably what il end up doing. Thanks for your advice
Yes I agree,, It would seem to me that if you start with soap bars, you would have oversized holes if you changed...
Thats great advice.
Well, probably better handled over in the Sadowsky thread, but very quickly, the stock J pickups used in the Sadowsky J basses are humcancelling pickups, not single coils. They, of course, are voiced to mimic single coils but to do it without the hum when a pickup is solo'd. You lose a touch of midrange complexity with the HC J pickups, but pick up a bit more deep low end and upper treble. If you get an NYC model (only available direct from Sadowsky, and big bucks) you can spec true single coils for no additional charge.
The Sadowsky Modern is a very different instrument from the J. Different body, 24 frets, slightly sleeker neck profile, and as you mention, soap bars. More impactful than just soapbars is the non J pickup position (i.e., those soaps are stacked close to the bridge). This brings out even more midrange punch that was mentioned above.
VERY different instruments, so do your homework. The Sadowsky Modern is more similar to the Ken Smith and Roscoe basses than the Sadowsky J.
Hope that helps You should move over to the Sadowsky Mega thread in the 'bass' section of the site. Lots of good folks over there, including Roger Sadowsky himself.
And don't forget...'soapbar' is just a shape. They can still be single coils inside. Check out Nordstrand and Aguilar.
I'd go soapbar for sure, that way you have unlimited upgrade options. If you get J pickups, you're stuck with J pickups.