Sound Clips: A/B of Seymour Duncan Steve Harris SPB-4 vs. Squier VM Jag Special Stock Split Coil

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tlite, May 21, 2018.

  1. Squier Vintage-Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass

    1 vote(s)
  2. Seymour Duncan Steve Harris SPB-4

    1 vote(s)
  1. tlite


    Aug 18, 2016
    Which do you prefer?

    It was a rainy weekend, and just for fun decided to record some brief samples of these two pickups so I could gauge the difference myself after the swap. Figured I'd share these files in the event it's helpful and/or fun.

    The contenders:
    1. Squier Vintage-Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass (Stock P-Bass Pickup for this Squier)

    2. Seymour Duncan Steve Harris Signature SPB-4

    Recording Notes
    • Instrument: Squier VM Jaguar Bass Special Full Scale Bass
      • Bass has been converted to passive- no active bass boost circuit
      • Bridge Pickup set to zero on all recordings
      • Volume Full and Tone Full unless otherwise noted
    • Recorded with Cubase 7
      • Direct with M-Audio Profire 610
      • No effects- just the bass and where applicable a drum track
    As with all gear audio, best to listen with decent speakers or headphones.

    Sample 1

    Open Strings and Major Scales
    Squier Pickup


    Squier Pickup Tone 0

    SPB-4 Tone 0

    Sample 2
    Walking Bass w/Drum Track
    Squier Pickup


    Sample 3
    Rock With Pick and Drum Track
    Squier Pickup


    Don't forget to vote in the poll up top...
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  2. IronSpatula


    Dec 13, 2003
    Northern CA
    Much less of a difference than I expected, to be honest. The Steve Harris seems to have a little more clarity and growl, particularly in the pick track, but the stock Squier pickup is quite good!
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  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    To me, the SPB-4 sounds more tight and focused. In comparison, the Squier pickup sounds a little loose, but not bad. What you can’t get from sound clips is feel, and how easy or difficult it is to achieve dynamics with your playing.

    Oh, I think you violated a major rule. I believe you’re only allowed to play Iron Maiden licks when reviewing the SPB-4, so watch out! :ninja::D
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  4. tlite


    Aug 18, 2016
    That was my thought, too. Surprised they were more (to my ear) similar than different.
    Oh man, you so rightfully called me out on that.
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  5. tlite


    Aug 18, 2016
    Fishing for a few more opinions... Anyone ?Bueller?
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