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Steve Harris signature Pickups by Seymour-Duncan

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by powmetalbassist, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

  2. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    This is a new pickup, I would be interested to read about it too.

    His signature Fender P Bass ships with SPB-1 so I would suspect this pickup is in the same style. That being said it's rare for SD to do signature pickups. This is a very serious company making some of the very best pickups I have tested. So I suspect they would not re-brand an existing pickup, it's got to be something new and different.

    Come to think of it I cannot think of another signature P bass pickup.
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  3. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    A signature pickup does seem like an odd thing to do but I guess from a marketing point of view it has all the same advantages of signature basses.

    I will be keen to see if it is worth upgrading my Harris P bass with some of these so all views would be gratefully received!
  4. Smurf_Byte


    Aug 21, 2011
    It appears to be wound hotter than the pickup in the signature bass. More low end?
  5. Geraltino


    Apr 2, 2013
    Could be just a SPB-2 in a new packaging... I might be wrong though. Still curious.

    Would be cool if someone could compare these to other SD P-bass pickups.
  6. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    From what i was told its hotter then the SPB1, Not as hot as the SPB2
  7. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    More mids
  8. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Low mids in particular.
  9. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    so an SPB3? :D
  10. andrew


    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    Curious about these too.
  11. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    No, it's a SPB4. ;) It's 13k. the SPB3 is 12.5k. It's probably not as hot as it sounds, and it wound with thinner wire for more mids. Thinner wire has higher resistance.
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  12. Didn't the original Harris ps have Duncan SPB-2s(vintage hot)and the latest SPB-3s (1/4 pounder) and now this? Are we to expect another bass from Fender with a slightly different blue as well?
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Meh. I see no problem with a famous artist constantly exploring his sound. In fact, I would be bothered if a player were on the scene for 40 years and NOTHING changed about the way they played or sounded. So who cares if the first ones shipped with different pickups?
  14. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    He used a custom wound SPB1 pickup, which is what this is. You can find references to it in interviews.

    From Wikipedia:

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  15. Metalway


    May 5, 2012
    Quebec, Canada
    I got his P-Bass signature, I wonder if the tone from the new pick up worth the price. Looking to see some reviews before I do purchase the SP-4.
  16. My previous post referred to production model signature basses offered by Fender, not Steve's personal instuments.
  17. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Those had nothing to do with what he played, they were just getting something similar from Duncan. So it wasn't really much of a signature bass.
  18. Ageed. Most sig models aren't.
  19. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    So you get the sig bass, but the sig pickups in, and use the sig strings... and you have it! Then you need to stop and find your own identity. lol
  20. Metalway


    May 5, 2012
    Quebec, Canada
    It's not about identity but about recreating what you love to hear. Steve Harris got a unique tone...How many bassist can claim this? Not too many...

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