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Any P pup will do, it's the fingers that matter 😎

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1 hour ago, keeponehandloose said:

Yep... 

Serious answers are also welcome 🙂

Blimey, someone has no sense of humor. Anyway Tonerider TRP1 and nickel strings will get you the bass tone.

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11 minutes ago, hooky_lowdown said:

Blimey, someone has no sense of humor. Anyway Tonerider TRP1 and nickel strings will get you the bass tone.

Thanks Hooky... tone is a very serious subject...

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I always liked the Seymour Duncan Antiquity range for classic P bass tones but I agree you can get a good tone from good technique, whatever the pickup.

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I have a nice (expensive) Curtis Novak PB-V in my high(ish)-end bitsa, which sounds very good indeed... but I put a Tonerider in my MIM P that I ended up selling on a bit quicker than I had expected. I’m not sure I didn’t prefer that bass, actually.

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Well, a few years agi I had a good copy Jazz bass (bass type not actually important here) that had the passive EMG Hz pickups.  I spent A LOT of money and bought a set of Joe Barden pups.  These promised me to reproduce the "authentic, original sound of the early Jazz pickups".  So I put them on and played.

Nobody noticed.

Nobody said "Gee, how wonderful your bass sounds now that you have spent large amounts of cash on your pickups!"  I kidded myself for a while, imagining I could hear more top, deeper bass, more complex mids, but sooner or later I realised I was probably kidding myself.

I went back to looking at the EMG Hz pups and discovered the blurb which said the would give the "authentic, original sound of the early Jazz pickups".   Yeah.

I re-installed the EMGs and - guess what - nobody noticed.

Draw your own conclusions.

 

G.

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