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Your ideal pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ciaran_hughes, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. ciaran_hughes

    ciaran_hughes Banned

    Dec 12, 2018
    If someone said they were going to make you a signature pick up, what would you want from it?

    Sound and look wise
  2. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Well, I thought long and hard on your question, but I don't think I'll be much help. The market is already flooded with different types of pickups; there are several makes & models out there that could pass for "my ideal pickup".
  3. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    One that submits to my will on demand to create any tone I imagine, regardless of the bass, strings (and their age), room acoustics, and the state of my hearing (and my mind) at the time. :)
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
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  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  5. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    EMGs are my closest match, but I would want a strong upper mid response as well as a crushing low end...it would have to be aggressive, articulate and have lots of output...no "round" "warm" or "vintage" tones from it at all ;-)
    Rock on.
  6. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I didn’t technically “ask” for this to be made, but I have one in my bass and it’s pretty thunderous & clear.
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  7. Laurent


    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Well they already exist in my case!
    I would be the Arcane Experience 65 P or Lollar P regular wound for vintage tone and DiMarzio Model P for that 70's tone.
    No need to reinvent the wheel in my case.
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Got mine, already. They've been around since the mid 1950s.

    No, it's not what you're thinking it is.
  9. Precision split coil, non exposed poles, neo magnets, encapsulated in epoxy, about 9k resistance.
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  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Something made by Jerry Sentell
  11. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    Best pickup: "Hey babe, did it hurt when you fell from heaven?"
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  12. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
  13. Slidlow

    Slidlow Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oshawa, Canada
    Frequency range from DC to 100K and beyond plus flat response curve so I can EQ what ever I want. Oh wait, that would be piezo pickups!

    Attached Files:

  14. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Bartolini gwb soapbar
  15. REV


    Jun 18, 2006
    I'd like a pickup with an adjustable Q factor, so I could dial in just the right mid frequency. That said, EMG Geezers are pretty darn close.
  16. nbsipics

    nbsipics Very Unorthodox Behavior Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Being an odd duck, I sure love those Delano pickups, like used here. They sound darn good too!

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  17. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Very interesting. I'm assuming you can select either coil (or both) with the idea that the dual magnet one sounds like a J and the single magnet one sounds like a single coil P?
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  18. stubborne

    stubborne Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2009
    Rock Hill, SC
    My ideal pickup: "Hey babe, would you like...", "YES"
  19. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    It depends on the type of bass really, but Carey Nordstrand built a PUP that had a pearloid cover on it once. I thought that thing looked sweet.
  20. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Correct! Pretty versatile IMO

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