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Username: catrunes

Post Number: 19
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 3:25 pm:   Edit Post

so i got an aguilar opb-3 pre in it already. now i need to put some new pups in it to get rid of the crappy emg-hz's. im thinkin either bartolini m56c quad coils or m56m duals or emg 45dc's. wattya guys think? i know someones gonna tell me to put alembics in it, but i really dont have that kind of cash at the moment, seeing how i dont have a job at this time in space because of still being in high school. if you havent seen this bass check it out at their website at
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Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 263
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

Bartolini? Duncan? Nordstrand(a bit pricey)? What else is there? Bartolini offers some different voicings but might need some mounting hardware since they are three bolt and you're replacing a two bolt. But they are only ~$100 each (six string) so they are reasonably priced. I'm always a fan of Duncan's, and I'd like to try Nordstrands in my Fender (not going to happen now that I have my Alembics, it's retired). I have active EMG in the Fender now and like them alot.

I think those Schecter's look good.


(Message edited by lidon2001 on December 13, 2006)
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1087
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 5:52 pm:   Edit Post

I forget the active EMG model numbers, but IF there's a direct replacement (same size / screw pattern), go with one with a P magnet layout in the neck and a Jazz layout for the bridge: This is an arrangement that Spector used with the Aguilar onboard on their five and six-strings, and it works great.

You'll have no shielding issues or grounding to the bridge, should be a drop-in installation without a bunch of shielding worries. EMGs are deadly silent, nothing worse than a buzzing or humming axe.

Those Schecters are good looking axes for the money, and like a lot of moderately priced instruments they went cheap on the electronics (though you could do worse than Hi-Z EMGs!). Finish this upgrade and you'll have a really nice bass. If you can, use this with a MONSTER or similar cable for the best tone.

Best of Luck,

J o e y
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Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 268
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 7:07 pm:   Edit Post

Bartolini does have replacement sizes for EMG soapbars. I lean towards Bart's as they have a similar airiness to them like Series electronics. So it seems they really take to heavy or need none at all and they sound great! I have some old 9W-4's in my jazz and I love them. I also have some Spector's w/EMG's and those sound great as well, they're just different sounding units. You would'nt go wrong by getting either one but I would seek out some music stores that have basses w/Bart's and EMG's so you can check out the difference. Remember to start with a basic e.q. setting on the amp and leave the e.q. on the bass flat( no boost or cut) and listen how they sound that way, then bring the basses onboard e.q. up(while making adjustments to the amp, if boosting on the basses e.q. you'll need to cut on the amp's e.q.) and listen to it that way. I don't know much about the Duncan stuff other than they do offer soapbars in the EMG and Bartolini styles, so you've got them as well. Although it's hard to find a bass that does have them, most builders/manufacturers use EMG or Bartolini that I've seen. Good luck with your quest for tone!
Username: catrunes

Post Number: 20
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, December 24, 2006 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post

ok well i've decided on emg 45dc's. now here is a new thought: is there way for it to be wired so i have separate outputs for each pickup, like on series II's? im thinkin that because i got a 410 cab and a 118 cab and am saving for a f1-x pre and originally a superfilter but now im thinkin two f1-x's, one for the neck pup, other for the bridge and kind of i guess "biamp" it like stanley does with the neck pup goin to a 118 and the bridge pup goin to a 410. possible?
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1931
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2006 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post


Wiring an instrument in stereo isn't that hard to do. The question I might pose is why not use an F-2B (stereo preamp) instead of two mono F-1Xs? Then, for about the same cost as two F-1Xs, you could have stereo preamp capability, and still get an SF-2. Believe me, you will not be dissapointd in the SF-2. It is merely the most unique, effective, truly amazing sound shaping device I have ever used in my rig.

Bill, tgo

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