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Suggest jazz pickup and electronics...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DLM, Mar 15, 2006.


  1. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    I'm thinking of getting a 5-string jazz bass made and wanted to see what my best options were for pickups and electronics. I'm looking for an aggressive and growly, yet musical, tone that's great for slap and fingerstyle.

    What would you suggest? Thx.
     
  2. ghindman

    ghindman

    Feb 10, 2006
    If you're looking for vintage growl, I'd recommend the Fender Custom Shop 60's, Fralins, or SD Basslines. The Fender/Fralins will be pretty similar, the SD's will be a bit more modern sounding, but still have the J growl.

    I don't know what the availability of the Fender/Fralins is for a 5-string.
     
  3. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    Thanks for the suggestions. What about preamp brands?
     
  4. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    Has anyone purchased a Sadowsky package and installed them in a non-Sadowsky bass? What were the results?
     
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    do you want humcancelling or single coils?
     
  6. ElBajista

    ElBajista

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    I believe that Nino Valenti has done this a few times for his customers. I'd suggest sending him a PM.
     
  7. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    I'm open to either. I'm not opposed to a little hum if it'll get me the tone I'm after.
     
  8. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    What would the recommendation be for a "jazz bass on steroids" sound?
     
  9. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Is this that one particular J-Bass pickup thread or is it one of the other ones? ; }
     
  10. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Aero 5 string pickups are very agressive sounding, they're stock on the Lakland Daryl Jones line of basses.
     
  11. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Studio City+Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
    Hi,
    Nordstrand with audere pre, smoking!

    Mo'
     
  12. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    Are you familiar with the Nordstrand Big Singles? How do they sound?
     
  13. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    yes, I am and I now feel like a dummy for not mentioning them earlier.

    I have a 5 string Valenti J bass with Big Singles and Aguilar OBP-2 preamp, review and clips here: http://talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=237310
    bottom line, it sounds great.
     
  14. Hemitom

    Hemitom

    Oct 12, 2005
    BC,Canada
    On the pickup topic my Geddy Lee has been retrofit from stock to custom shop 60's to Fralins and finally Dimarzio J's.The Fralins were buttery smooth,even across the strings and very vintage sounding but I just prefer the growl and agressivness that I can pull out of the Dimarzio's.
     
  15. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ooh, my new favorite preamp!!!!
     
  16. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    For some reason, I wasn't able to hear the clips on my Mac, but how would you compare, tonally, the Nordie Big Singles with the Aero's that come on your Lakland DJ? Thx!
     
  17. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    The Big Singles have more overall clarity IMO, the Aero's aren't quite as articulate.