What's the deal with Dark Star pickups????

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by derelicte, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    Personally, i think they look absofriggin-ridiculously-fugly. i cannot, for the life of me, see the appeal in these. from what i've read it has a "Vintage" sound.. but so do a lot of other more well-regarded pickups like nordstrand or barts.

    plus, they're so big n has those nasty chrome edges.. i find it so tacky n cannot find a single reason to ever get them. i understand that it's only a matter of preference and at the risk of sounding even more immature n narrow-minded, i'll just admit that i'm not very knowledgeable about pickups. please help me to understand.
  2. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    They have an extremely wide frequency response, they are silent, matched and give rise to a huge tonal variation. In short, they sound awesome. Sure they are ugly, but that's just a matter of taste...
  4. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    People like their looks and sound. They're good pickups. I think soapbars are ugly and plain, but I just go on and am happy for people who like them and the basses that come with them, rather than start a thread about "OMG i don't like (something) how could you?", which is honestly how you're coming across (at least, from my perspective).

    In short, people like their looks or their sounds or what have you. I like how different they are, and their retro looks. I like the chrome edges. You use whatever you want, and I'll be happy for you when you do. One of these days, I'd like to have a bass with Dark Stars. That's why Hammon, Bartolini, and Nordstrand are all in business, much like chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

    It's just personal preference. What's your beef?
  5. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That's for certain. I think they look fine. For me, playing bass has always been about tone. Appearance has nothing to do with tone. This one came with the Dark Star from Lakland.

  6. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    NICE! Is it worth the $200?
  7. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.

    Hehehe, you buy your pickups based on what they look like? That's kind of like choosing a pickguard based on what it sounds like. :rolleyes:
  8. Sparkdog


    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    Personally, Darkstars give me a woody!

    (I'm talking tone of course :)

    Does anyone know if you can get one in a Lakland Skyline Bob Glaub, or is that a US only option?
  9. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    yes and no. i prefer to have a pickup that sounds great n looks great too. and your analogy is completely off the mark; it's more like picking a guitar strap.. some prefer comfort straps, some cloth, and some leather. if it makes the bass feel light as air would u still wear it if was PINK and had Hello Kitty faces everywhere???
  10. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge

    a work in progress - but it already sounds sweeet! far as looks go - I'm lookin for tone ... and as I have the J, P, and MM sounds pretty well in hand - other flavors are more interesting now ...
  11. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I don't mind the way they look too much, but I think the retaining bar would look better in black.
  12. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    What, you purchase your gear based on how it sounds? :p
  13. not questioning how good these sound, but i agree they are ugly, wether or not thats an important thing to the buyer or not.
  14. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    They sound fantastic is the deal !
    I enjoy the looks too and the height adjustement is great.
  15. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    They look really nice in the right kind of bass. I have a set of DeArmond's which is a little cousin to the Darkstar and the tone you get from them is way more balanced than anything else I've used.... Works awesome for chording on a bass.

  16. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    The deal is that they sound great. You don't like the looks, that's cool, but a whole load of people do. I wouldn't dismiss a pickup on the appearance alone.

    Edit: Are darkstars not well regarded pickups now? They are very highly regarded around here, maybe you meant more well known or typical (Nordstrand and barts)? I'm sorry to pick apart your wording.
  17. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    my mistake.. that's what i meant. i was careless with my word selection
  18. I will help you understand.

    Most of us musicians (not posers) give more importance to what we hear, instead of being too picky about looks, i mean that if some instrument has something very good going on sonically, one can then be worried about the appearance, not the other way around. IMHO i would dump the good looks of my Spector and Fender Jazzes if somehow adding ugliness to them they would sound proportionally better. Heck...i´d play a solid turd with strings if it had THE tone i was looking for.

    That is assuming that Darkstars looked ugly, personally i think that they look Hot Rod, and have that vintage vibe that says "Plug me into an SVT and unleash hell...", not everyone is in the market only for a super slick Fodera-type instrument (i love those too) , some of us also like that BadAss vibe that a P-Bass or J-Bass with DS pups has, they even make me think of a perfectly tuned Camaro or Mustang.

    Even a fine manufacturer like Lakland offers them as factory options on their instruments, and also they have a bass that is built around the Darkstar concept, The Decade.

    Hope this helps.
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  19. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    YES I would. and I'd laugh at the insecure metal head with the sore back and sore shoulder, but the ultracool heavy ass metal studded bass and matching strap :]
  20. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    what model samick is that, that is NICE, how does it sound? what style of music do you use it for?