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jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3498
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 5:12 am:   Edit Post

For no other reason than curiousity, I'm interested in trying out a pair of Fatboys on my signature bass.

If you have some you want to get rid of drop me an email.

In the meantime I will email Mica to see how much a new set are.


Jazzyvee
5a_quilt_top
Intermediate Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 134
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Fat Boy in the bridge position RULES.

I'm so glad I did that.

Can't comment on the neck position. Some things I've heard and read indicate that it may be a little too thick-sounding there.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3499
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post

Yeah Ive' been reading some old threads about them sounding better in the bridge than neck. However my sound is more biassed towards the neck pickup than the bridge so it may suit me.

Not in a rush, so maybe if some come up I can find out.
Jazzyvee
wookie
Intermediate Member
Username: wookie

Post Number: 167
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 2:24 pm:   Edit Post

Are "fatboys" equivalent to a musicman style pickup??? Is that what's in a spoiler bass?
Does anyone have something I can hear with fatboys?
If they rock socks I might want them too!
adriaan
Moderator
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3035
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

Most Spoilers will have AXY pickups (see the Spoiler on my profile picture) The shell size of an AXY is roughly the same as that of a FatBoy, but the size of the magnet and coils in an AXY are the same as in an MXY (see the Epic in the same picture), it just has a bigger shell. The shell of a Fatboy is not oversized: it has a larger magnet and coils.

A fellow Club member let me try out a Fatboy, and I liked it in the bridge position - it definitely added beef to the tone, but it also lacked that high-end sparkle that you get with the narrow aperture of an AXY/MXY.
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1998
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:14 pm:   Edit Post

I traded out both AXY4's (I know it's a five-string, by I have the 'Classic' neck taper where the 4-string shell is appropriate) for FatBoys on the BigRedBass.

The 'Boys do sound more 'MusicMan-ish'. I describe the difference like this:

The AXY's sound like very, very good studio monitors: Letter-perfect representation, but that monitor-ish 'flat' EQ feel.

In comparison for me, the FatBoys sound more like high-end stereo speakers: A very good representation, but with some dips and peaks in the right place, more 'meat on the bones'. May be possibly just a bit louder, but a very small difference.

Although you can't go wrong with either one, I would not go back to AXY's, they were always just a bit pristine for me.

And why Alembic does NOT build a replacement Activator with a FatBoy in a MusicMan shell is beyond me. One of these in a StingRay with a proper Alembic harness would be extremely formidable, and I really like OEM MM pickups.

J o e y
alemboid
Intermediate Member
Username: alemboid

Post Number: 149
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

Joey,

Thanks for your excellent comments on the Fatboy pickups. No one to this day has dexcribed it this way. Mica expressed that she feels the Fatboy pickup sounds more like a series pickup than the MXY/AXY. Pickup height, set up, electronics and playing style all have a say in how these things sound in the end....let's not forget body/neck woods!

Bryant

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