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Warwick Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JehuJava, Aug 22, 2004.


  1. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I play a Warwick Infinity Set Neck. It is a great sounding bass, but I would like a little more lows to come out of it. Would I be able to accomplish this by swapping out the MEC pickups for EMG or Bart? I am trying to get a more modern tone but keeping the aggressiveness.

    Alan
     
  2. I've been looking at picking up a Warwick for awhile now..
    And so far to the Infinity SetNeck 5'er is numero uno!

    However the pickups are differnt from most others.

    Honestly I dont think there is an aftermarket pickup that you can 'drop in'

    I would recommend Barts or Duncans.
    But you most likely will have to get some work done for them.

    FYI for everyone else this is what the Infinity P/U's look like.
     
  3. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I play the 4 string one. I love it! It loves batteries though. Kinda wish I could disable the active eq without unplugging (like in between songs when were discussing new parts or changes).

    Anyone know if there is a direct swap replacement p/u? I'd rather not route unless I knew I wouldn't be unhappy with my p/u choice.

    Thanks for the photo. I should posted one myself. :smug:

    Alan
     
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  5. Maybe the rio grande powerbucker would fit that rout. MAYBE.

    You may need a beauty ring tho.
     
  6. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I recommend trying a different preamp first. The MECs sound very good but I feel the MEC preamp does mask the sound of the pickups, plus I think the bass frequency is centered a little high (100 Hz I think). I swapped the MEC in my Warwick with an Aguilar OBP-1 pre and it sounds great. It retains the aggressive sound of the MECs but with a cleaner signal and more usable low end. I found the low end was also big but with definition. However, there are so many other preamps to look into these days. If this route doesn't work for you, then maybe try to swap out the pickups.
     
  7. +1 for the aggie pre.

    They go awesome with just about any pickup brand and configuration.
     
  8. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    I have owned a Warwick bolt-on, and a friend has owned a
    neck-through Thumb. Both seemed to be lacking something
    tonally, though they were nice instruments and the Thumb
    was beautiful.

    Recently encountered a what I think was a bolt-on Streamer
    (1 HB) with a Seymour Duncan Basslines pickup, looked like
    a Music Man replacement. This was an AWESOME sounding
    bass, both deep and bright, very powerful sounding, better
    in my opinion than any other warwick I have heard.

    That said... Aguilar pre's are very very nice, simple but voiced perfectly.
     
  9. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I think I might try the pre-amp first. Probably the OBP-1. I've used the DB-924 outboard pre-amp and the OBP-1 is supposed to be similar.

    Alan
     
  10. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Yes if you liked the sound of the DB-924, then you'll like the OBP-1.