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Upright pickup Q.

Discussion in 'Ask Lynn Seaton' started by Tim Hays, May 13, 2018.

  1. Tim Hays

    Tim Hays

    May 13, 2018
    Hi Lynn: Met you at Elmhurst College (Aebersold Camp) years ago. Here's my issue: have been using an Underwood pickup forever (Poellmann bass) -- yes, crazy old school pickup -- and fine for most gigs. But at high volume levels I have feedback issues that I see other players NOT having -- so thinking that this ancient pickup is the problem.

    What is the best pickup for higher levels? YES -- tone quality IS all important! Time for me to get updated here. Is there a pickup that has the best rejection pattern? -- to borrow a microphone phrase.

    Amp is the 800 watt Mark Bass system.
  2. Do you have a preamp which features a phase reverse switch?
    May be helpful.
  3. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    I use a David Gage Realist and am very happy with the tone, but do not have to play very loud most of the time.
    Here are some things to consider:
    Some people use a magnetic pickup, but I do not know what brand to try.
    Try moving your amp so your bass is not directly in front of it.
    If the gig is that loud, would it be possible to run you bass through the house PA so you could turn down on stage and use your amp more as a personal monitor?
    I have heard of people putting foam in the f holes to help with feedback.
    Notch filters may also help if you can find the frequency that feeds back.
    There are feedback controllers on the market.
    Here are a couple of other threads on Talkbass about this same issue:
    Reducing feedback at loud gigs
    Stopping Feedback in LOUD Settings
    I hope that helps!
  4. wathaet


    May 27, 2007
    I just bought a Krivo magnetic pickup for ***** and giggles, and it sounds surprisingly good on my Hill. The sound tilts this very dark bass with an orchestra setup 5-10% in the NHOP direction while maintaining the character of the bass. For reference I usually use a Schoeps MK41, MK22 or a Remic.
  5. rickwolff

    rickwolff ..Gear & Tone Junkie.. My Ignorance is Bliss. Supporting Member

    You might also check out the KNA DB1.

    Good sound, inexpensive, easy to mount and I've never had feedback. Lots to like.

    (Great taste........Less filling)

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