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What is your favorite Soapbar pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by campbems, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    We live in a time when bass gear has improved and their are alot of options for users to choose from so I though it would be good to hear from TB'ers about that is their favorite Soapbar pickup and why? Mine currently are the Aguilar DCB's and the Nordstrand DC5 pups.
  2. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    Not necessarily for every bass or every situation, but the Nordstrand Bigrigs are pretty amazing. Some of the bite of a good single coil (makes sense as each coil is based on a 51P) but some smoothness as well. Very even and just pleasant as far as I'm concerned. Also hard to go wrong with the Big Singles.

    I do like Aguilar DCBs in the right bass, but found them a little less natural sounding for my taste (typical of ceramic bar type pickups vs. Alnico with individual poles).
  3. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    I am a fan of the Bartolini Dual Coils for the versatility of their switching capability. It allows a single bass to be voiced completely differently without using EQ.
  4. 4stringer711


    Sep 24, 2016
    Love Aguilar Super Doubles, especially in passive mode.

    But thinking of changing pups and pre to Nordstrand. Specing out a 3 band pre and Big Rigs, with series/ parallel toggles right now.
  5. I love the Bartolini Original Bass Quad "Bright" soapbars and am looking forward to trying the new 2J Squared Quad soapbars once my bass comes back.
  6. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Emg CSX
    And Peavey VFL
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  7. jongor


    Jan 11, 2003
    Nordstrand made Dingwalls, love mine!
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  8. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    The Nordy 3 band preamp is killer. Get it with a passive tone control...it makes the treble even more useful.
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  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Q-Tuner BL-4. Haven't heard their newer variant yet though.
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  10. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    Peavey Super Ferrite
  11. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Lace BassBar. Honorable mention for Delano SBC.
  12. lloganbracee


    Sep 9, 2017
    How would you describe the CSX?

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