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What pickup should i choose?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nato, Feb 14, 2003.


  1. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    I have a Dean Edge Q-5 bass which plays quite well just a lil tight on the string spacing but i hate the way it sounds. It has a pair of imitation EMG's (their EMG-HZ series) and a replcement preamp from dean in it. I got the bass from Musicians Friend clearence outlet here in K.C. for $250 which was a great price for a bass of this calliber. I have thought of selling it but since it has quite a few dents in it i didn't think i would be worth it plus it's my first bass. So i am looking in to replacing the pickups and the preamp on it in favor of a better sound. I really like the sound of P or J style pickups but the pickup routing is way to big for something like that. So what kind of pickup could i put in there that would give me that P/J style sound or close to it while still fitting that size routing? Both the pickups are 4in long and sligtly under 1 1/2in wide (or 10 cm long and 3.7 Wide). Any way i would like to stay away from getting any more EMG's. I am thinking somthing like Basslines or Barts but i am open to others. Thanks!
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    i put barts in a squier. It made a huge difference. I had people listen blindly, and they couldn't believe the sound. You might think I'm insane, but I'm into wiring and junk like that. I have EMG-HZ's in my Spector and they are really awesome. It just depends on the bass.
     
  3. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Yeah i have heard others say that they really like their HZ's. I am thinking that the reason for the bad sound might be the preamp since it looked used when i got it and i'm not quite sure if it's the same preamp that is supposed to come with the bass. So i might take my bass to the local dean dealer and test out my bass with one of theirs and see if they sound any different.
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Personally, I like the HZ's that are in these basses. Dean used to use the EMG BTS pre-amp in that bass then they went cheapo & started to put Dean pre-amp in them & they, IMO, don't sound too great. Before you change the p/u's you might wanna try to change the pre-amp or just tke the pre-amp out & try it passive.
     
  5. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Have you tried different strings?? Big fat DR Highbeams float my boat. :D
     
  6. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Yeah i do need to try some more different string types, but thus far when ever i try a different string it sounds very different but there is always this sound that seems to shine through no matter how i eq it or what ever. It does get a lil better if i play with the preamp but it's still there. Well i think i am just going to try replacing the preamp for now with a nicer one. It has to have only 4 knobs since there are only 4 holes in the bass. What would be a good preamp for a bass like this? I want something that will be around $100 if possible. I am thinking something along the lines of a Seymour Duncan, or Barts. Well thank you for the help!
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The Sadowsky On-Board preamp!!!! <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif">
     
  8. He said $100. The Sadowsky on-board is like..$199 isn't it?

    I know the stomp box is around $220-30...
     
  9. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Yeah it does cost right around $200 for the sad preamp. I have tried to find it cheaper but no can do and i don't have that kind of money for the bass.
    I just bought a Snarling Dogs Verytone for my guitar and found that it works just as good for the bass and really helps it come alive. So i am thinkg i'm just going to make my bass with 2 volumes and a tone control for each pickup and try that first. Does any body know what kind of pot's i should use for this and is there any instructions on how to wire it this way that i could find? Well thank you for the help!