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Soundclips - Seymour Duncan SJB-1 vs. Antiquity II

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by nemo, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. SD Antiquity II

    36 vote(s)
  2. SD SJB-1

    27 vote(s)
  3. SD CarrotCity III

    7 vote(s)
  1. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    Hi, I just changed the pickups in my '76 Jazz from SJB-1 to Antiquity II.

    Both are surprisingly similar, but there are differences.
    I must first check it with the band at rehearsal next week before coming to a final conclusion.

    Meanwhile, tell me what you think.

    Both clips were taken the same day with the same 40-100 broken-in Sunbeams. Playing sloppiness included for free. :)

    SJB-1.mp3 - 3.97MB

    Antiquity II.mp3 - 3.97MB
  2. Very nice comparison! Tough decision on which I liked better, I think I liked the SJB-1 overall but I thought the Antiquity's had a rounder, smoother bottom to them. I don't think you could go wrong with either one of them though.
  3. duff2

    duff2 Guest

    Dec 16, 2007
    To my ears, the SJB-1 pickups are definitely smoother sounding with an obvious scoop in the midrange frequencies. The Antiquity II's had more midrange definition and will cut through the mix better IMO.

    Thanks for taking the time to prepare and share these soundclips with us. :)

  4. I dig the SJB-1...the bottom end loses a bit of clarity on the antiquity II...although that may work great in a lot of situations, I think it would annoy me after a while...
  5. Jefenator


    Aug 22, 2008
    Seemed to me the IIs killed for fingerstyle - went deeper - but the SJB-1 had better clarity for slapping.

    Tough call on how to vote. Maybe the IIs by a hair. (Unless the bass is going to be played more for slap. :meh:)

    Thanks for sharing! :)
  6. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Sounds just like my experience with those pickups. The SJB-1 is more of a stripped down punchy, growly rock sound. Strong high mids / lower treble. The AII is more refined and more extended on both ends (adds subterranean bottom and detail up in the high highs). Which one is better depends on the mix you're working with.
  7. kirkm24


    Jan 1, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    The Antiquity II pickups are smoother and less harsh but they are both pretty similar. The differences between these 2 would probably only be noticeable on a recording. Live use probably wouldn't reveal the subtleties.

    Another huge consideration in pickup selection is which, if any on-board preamp you are going to use. Adding a John East retro preamp to my Jazz bass made a huge difference and really brought out more of what my Antiquity II's could do.
  8. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Love the SDAII sound more. Reminds me why I have mine :)
  9. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    That's a tough call between the two. The II sounds a bit more bass focused, but it is bordering on too much low end with a lack of articulate punch. Not that that is a bad thing, just a factor to consider. I like the warmth of it and the fact that it has more thump/feel than sound.

    I was searching for the slop and didn't find any. My clips must have forgotten to package it in. I want a refund :D
  10. my thoughts, exactly (read prev. post)...

    my approach to tone is simple...I want as much of everything (lows, highs, & mids) as even as I can get from the pickup, then I can EQ to taste...that way, good slap tone is as easily achievable as killer fingerstyle...

    I reckon, you could get killer slap tone or fingerstyle with EITHER pickup...I just lean towards the SJB-1 because I like the initial low-end clarity...dialing in "mud" is simple...:)
  11. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Thanks for the direct comparison, and playing the different styles.

    To my ear, the SJB-1 sounds more like what I associate with a traditional Jazz Bass sound. The AII's sound a bit beefed up in a way that sounds cool, but not as balanced to my ear. The choice would depend on the player's preferences - both very cool.
  12. I liked the piano like ring of the sjb-1 and the low end seemed better defined as well. Very similiar otherwise, I'll have to give those sunbeams a try nice midrange definition. I tried a bunch of jazz pickups from Lindy Fralin to Dimarzios and a few others I can't recall, in the end I really liked the Fender Vintage noiseless pickups, great overall tone for getting a traditional jazz tone and plenty of puch for rock and the noiseless aspect was great. Good luck in your quest.
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Nice clips can you describe the signal chain used and your method ?
  14. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    Thanks, the chain was very simple as I had my better recording preamp in the studio, I used at home a cheap Behringer MIC100 preamp going to computer. Recorded to Nuendo with some background drum loop, limiter on the 2bus, exported and normalised. No compression, no eq.

    To all - my findings regarding the sound of both are in line with yours. I had a short jam with Antiquities and found their highs a bit sticking out of the band, the SJB glued better. But it was only a short jam, I will have regular rehearsal on Tuesday, so I will report more then.
  15. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Nice work. I liked them both, but preferred the Ant IIs because seemed to have a fuller sound.
  16. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    For me, it's the Antiquity II's hands down. They have a low-mid grunt that I really like. Also, the G string sounds less "twangy" with the Antiquities. I'm talking about the fingerstyle sounds, I'm not really a slap connoisseur. I thought both slap sounds were good, but different from each other.
  17. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Interesting. I like the SJB's better but then I generally do. It's that slightly raw thing they do for me... Oddly enough, I find both your samples to be somewhat mid scooped in comparison to samples of the SJB's done on my ProTools rig. But - I didn't master. Just took a raw sample so your levels are much hotter than mine and that may be what I'm hearing. Your sample sound great!

    It could be the Behringer channel strip as well. I just went DI to the recorder input. It isn't a sound I would use in production, more like making a historical record.
  18. sincity

    sincity Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2002
    I liked the SJBs much better. Sounded more open. Loved that I could hear the wood in your tone. I know, weird description, but that's what I expect from a mid 70s bass.
  19. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    +1 on all of the above.

    I have the AntII's in my own bass and love them. They've been great for me in a live context as well as for recording. I do really like the SJB-1's though. They've got more grunt and grind to them.
  20. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    in my experience, thats not what to expect from a mid to late 70's ash jazz bass. the stock pickups sound closer to the antiquity 2's without the extended bottom. the pickups in my 78 are wound at around 7.5k and that bass sounds like every other late 70's jazz ive owned.