Which pup for polka?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by xyllion, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    um pah, um pah, um pah pah.
  2. bovinehost


    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Single humbucker Bongo, of course.

    No, really - ask Sterling Ball.

    He's dedicated to polka.
  3. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
  4. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    *spills the proverbial coffee*
  5. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I was thinking a P pup since polka starts with P, but a fat humbucker like a MusicMan pickup might be more appropriate for songs like the "She's Too Fat For Me."
  6. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    I've found that pickups matter much less than your amp setup. Forgo solid state and grab a nice warm tuba amp.

    Tip your server, I'll be here all week. :D
  7. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    man, i never did figure out how to get those killer tones on hits like "they're always in the way" and "in heaven there is no beer" :meh:
  8. Persuader


    Feb 7, 2001
    The group I record in my studio..(Fritz's Polka Band),uses a hofner...the fancy version of McCartney's,and it sounds great.
    They do pretty well,having shot a scene in the 'Manchurian Candidate'..a live outdoor performance...it didn't make the cut tho'...it is in the deleted scenes of the DVD,and our recording Paramount used isn't bad.

    My brush with fame :(
  9. Robman


    Mar 19, 2004
    Sherman, Texas
    LMAO.... he said tuba amp! :D
  10. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    Here's my vote for best pickup for polka music. It's a bit heavier than some other pickups, but definitely nails that groovy polka vibe.

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  11. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    Hard to go wrong with a good Precision bass!
  12. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Heck, anything will work. I saw an old dude playing one of those "rail" (Westone?) basses on the "Big Joe Polka Show" recently.