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What would this bass sound like?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CEM, Nov 8, 2001.


  1. CEM

    CEM Guest

    Nov 3, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    I,m planning on building my own bass and after reading many wood descriptions and lit. on pickups ( a lot of the descriptions are kind of vague) - but this is what I came up with: Alder body (I'll finish it myself - tung oil maybe, suuggestions please), wenge neck with ebony fingerboard and a couple of Bart M4's (are these passive?).
    Does anybody have experience with this specific setup? Please let me know. Also does anyone know where I can get info on how to cut my own nut - hold the jokes please:rolleyes:
    Thanks
    CEM
     
  2. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Oh so many questions, and so few answers!:rolleyes:

    The Barts you're referring to are active, I'm pretty sure. Check Bartolini's website.

    Where the heck are you gonna get wenge to build a neck? It's an African hardwood that even Mike Tobias is having problems getting!

    And, if you want to cut slots in your nut, you can buy slotting tools from Stewart MacDonalds...
    www.stewmac.com
     
  3. Most Bartolinis are passive. I would prefer to use a preamp with any Barts though, just because their passive output is pretty low. They seem to open up a lot with a nice gain boost.
     
  4. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Its my understanding all pickups are passive except for EMG and Anderson. The preamps are active.
     
  5. There are a few more actives. Offhand, I can think of the Bartolini 9E and 8TC (built-in preamp), Duncan/Basslines Active Stack for Jazz Bass, and Lightning Rod etc.
     
  6. CEM

    CEM Guest

    Nov 3, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    To answer your question RAM, Warmoth claims that they can make wenge necks...unless that info is outdated.
    Thanks for all the replies.
    I am looking for some versitile passive pups - a couple of humbuckers that I can put a coil splitter switch in - I picked barts because of all the other reviews I read. I am open to any suggestions.

    CEM:)
     
  7. CEM

    CEM Guest

    Nov 3, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    Let me clarify about my pups - I wasnt aware that you could have active pups and/or active tone controls - I dont want to have to put a battery in my bass.
    If I bought a SansAmp BDDI, would that give the barts a nice gain boost that would "open them up"?

    Thanks
    CEM
     
  8. Yeah, I think that any of those outboard preamps would be able to up your level so that the Barts will do their thing. I gotta be honest and say that to me, the Barts still sound good, though not nearly as good, in passive mode or without a preamp. You might very well find that you're happy with your setup without the need for a preamp of any kind.
    fc
     
  9. CEM

    CEM Guest

    Nov 3, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    Thanks funky, I appreciate your input.:cool: