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what pickup for "the anti-Rob Allen" tone?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Hoover, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    So my main fretless bass is a Rob Allen MB-2, and I love the living schidt out of that sound: all warm and woody and fat and almost upright-ish, with those LaBella 760N nylon tapewound strings and the acoustic guitar-style bridge...

    But I have this spare Warmoth fretless neck lying around just begging to be built into a new instrument, so I'm thinking I wanna make something that's 180° opposite of my existing fretless: bright, twangy, penetrating, incisive...think roundwound strings on an epoxied fingerboard. Think classic Jaco (or even better, classic Jaco clones). Think Pedulla Buzz. Think "the anti-Rob Allen".

    What pickup would you recommend for this application?

    I'm leaning towards a single pickup, probably in or near the standard bridge position. Since I hate noise, I'm also leaning towards a humbucker, or at least something that's explicitly a noise-cancelling design. Can't decide if I wanna go w/ passive electronics, or perhaps the ACG EQ02 filter-based preamp. (edit: or perhaps no electronics!)

    If there weren't this here newfangled thing called the internetz I'd probably just get a Bartolini soapbar & call it a day. But which Bartolini soapbar? And w/ all the talk of Nordstrands and Lane Poors and Lindy Fralins and a dozen other pickup manufacturer's I've never even heard of, I feel like I need to probe the collective mind of the TB cogniscenti.

    So...best pickup for a bright, twangy, penetrating, incisive, strung-with-roundwounds, anti-Rob Allen fretless bass?
  2. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
  3. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    See, that's how out-of-the-loop I am when it comes to pickups: I've never even heard of "Q-Tuner"! What's their story?
  4. richnota

    richnota Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    cool thought on Q-tuner (netherlands, neo-magnet pickups). super clean.

    Maybe a Nordstrand. I have one in my Stingray. Very different vibe than the Rob's.
  5. People on this forum have mentioned a couple of other pickup manufacturers too, and from what they told me when I was looking for 'something different' for the Bass I'm making were the likes of Villex, Q-Tuner, and SGD. In the end, my reasons for choice altered a bit, but I've heard good things about all of the pickups mentioned so far.

    In the end, I went with SGD, and am still looking forward to their arrival :)

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