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Which P-pickup to choose?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by eedo, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. eedo


    Aug 13, 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
    I want to order a custom P-bass with an ash/mahogany 5-piece body.
    I'd prefer the sound to be a thumpy passive P (somewhat John Deacon-ish) sound, but with a wider and flatter frequency response. I want the bass to sit in the mix rather then cut through the mix. I don't want the sound to be too vintage though.
    I'm a fingerstyle player, I don't solo or slap, but I like to play in the middle of the neck. I think I'll string this bass with EB flats, I really like these strings.

    I suppose a Dark Star or a Villex P would be right for this bass.
    Which one to choose?
    If you have other ideas I'll be glad to know.
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I am seriously GAS'ing for a darkstarred P. I'm probably not the guy to ask for an objective opinion.
  3. eedo


    Aug 13, 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
    Any ideas anyone?
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    With Deacon you are hearing the bass through an Acoustic 360, and he used Rotosounds but kept the bass' tone control all the way off most of the time. I saw Queen back in the 70's and he had the graphic EQ on the amp set to roll off all the high end. Plus those amps had 18" speakers and a W bin folded horn cab.

    You hear his bass with the tone up near the end of Liar.

    So any clean/smooth sounding pickups will work.
  5. eedo


    Aug 13, 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
    Many thanks. I've already decided to use Darkstar)

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