What's your favorite Pickup setup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Discgraham, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. 1x Split Coil (P-Bass)

    1 vote(s)
  2. 2x Split Coil (P-Bass)

    2 vote(s)
  3. 1x Single Coil (J-Bass)

    0 vote(s)
  4. 2x Single Coil (J-Bass)

    11 vote(s)
  5. 1x MM

    3 vote(s)
  6. 2x MM

    1 vote(s)
  7. 1x Soapbar

    0 vote(s)
  8. 2x Soapbar

    12 vote(s)
  9. P & J

    8 vote(s)
  10. P & MM

    0 vote(s)
  11. J & MM

    4 vote(s)
  12. Other (Please specify)

    2 vote(s)
  1. Just wondering what everyones favorite pickup configs are. Trying to get a feel for what is most popular when I start building customs.
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I like the flexibility of dual soapbars, for coil switching.
    I'm a big fan of the P/J setup, so I voted for that.
  3. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Neck single coil, bridge humbucker. Double humbuckers is a great setup, but I find it a bit uncomfortable for slapping.
  4. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Not sure, I like JJ, P and PJ about the same, then all the MM + other combos.
  5. Chrisrm

    Chrisrm Bass Virtuoso Wannabe

    Feb 10, 2002
    Colchester, CT
    I chose dual soaps. Love the punch and fullness. MM's are quite fine also.

  6. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    I dig having two MM-style humbuckers that are splitable, and also I dig piezos in the bruidge (but I don't have that on my bass, alas).
    Tonal versatility is the key, for me.
    If I had to choose just one, it'd be the P/J combo.
    But with the new Variax Bass coming out, who needs to choose just one? ;)
  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    If I'm playing something that I want an outright nasty tone for, I prefer two MM's. If I want some lower midrange growl I prefer two J's........ wow..... those are the only two tones I use.... I'm pretty straight forward.
  8. Bump. Thanks for the input, all.
  9. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    one big-ass humbucker right at the neck (ala Gibson EB series or Guild Starfire).
  10. Thanks all. Bump it like it's hot.
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

    also, 1 MM.
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    J/J. Single Coil, Humcancelling, dosen't matter.
  13. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    P/J- Versatility of P and J. Can go from smooth to agressive at the turn of a knob.
    2J+J- (ala Corvette FNA LTD. 2004) Growliest set-up ever. And a wide range of tones, if you choose the right pickups.
    2 Soaps- Soaps are so universal. They can sound like P's or J's or anything.
    In that order (P/j, 2J+J, 2Soaps)
  14. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Two soaps. Simply because they're only a housing shape and you could have any coil config in there.