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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 298
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 12:29 am:   Edit Post

We'd spoke a little on this before, and based on feedback and comments from Joey, Tom, and the Bobs, I'm interested in having the FatBoy pickup for the Bridge, and (it's) the AXY (isn't it?) pickup for the neck. This is assuming they're the same size and cost and can be switched. I'd want the wires to be long enough that I could swap the pickups and experiment with their sound.

So I'd like to know if switching the bridge pickup to a FatBoy is extra, and also how much a second AXY and a second Fatboy would be, 'cause, if I go for it, I'll probably follow the advice and swap them, and then, once I know what each sounds like on each pickup, I might well order another pickup. Joey seems to be gung ho on both, but it seems like there is agreement that they sound better on the bridge pickup.

Of course, I'm assuming this wouldn't in any way take away from the Coco Bolo sound that this bass is all about. I can't imagine it would, but it's best not to assume... maybe the FatBoys emphasize Coco Bolo's "weak" frequencies and fail to capture it's "strong" frequencies... (or maybe, hopefully, that was just nonsense-talk!)
Username: mica

Post Number: 3933
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 5:04 pm:   Edit Post

The nice thing about the AXY/FatBoy decision is that it's completely reversable. I'll ask Valentino to get you the pricing details tomorrow when he returns.

You'll have to listen to the pickups yourself to see what you prefer. Everyone has their own opinion, including me, but in the end, you're the one playing and listenting, so no matter what any of us say, it has to be the right sound for you. Once you get to listening, you'll know which you prefer.
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 311
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica. I'll look forward to seeing the pricing options.

First of all, there simply isn't any room in my mind for doubt that, if it's an Alembic pickup, it sounds great. So I'm sure both the AXYs and the FatBoys sound awesome. There simply isn't any other possibility.

Club members clearly show enthusiasm for both; and is seems like there are strong opinions that if one doesn't go for dual FatBoys, one can get a lot out of mixing a FatBoy with an AXY, and swapping them to experiement and gain there own perspective.

My intuition is that I should get one for the bridge, with the wiring long enough so that I can swap the 2 pickups to experiment.

At this point, my plan is to ask for an AXY for the neck pickup and an Fatboy for the bridge. This assumes equal cost of/for pickups. If the FatBoy is more, I'll have to think about it.

Blah blah blah, you said you'll get Val to get me pricing info tomorrow, so I'll look at it then!
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 721
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 9:09 pm:   Edit Post

Again, as this bass is nearing completion, I'd like to remind you that I'd like to have the FatBoy pickup for the bridge pickup... and with wire length on BOTH pickups long enough that I can swap them to experiment -should I choose.

I never got pricing info on this option; I'm assuming the cost is the same or about the same... but as I don't know, this may be an incorrect assumption. If there is little/no price difference, I'll stick with this plan... but if there is a big enough price difference, then I might have to withdraw the request.

I would like to pay the balance of my deposit fairly soon, and so, I'd like to have the pricing info on this so I can complete the transaction without having to call up and modify it afterwards (which would be a bigger pain for Bass Central and Alembic than for me).

So please, at your convenience, let me know how much extra (if any) the FatBoy pickup for the bridge costs, so I can either withdraw the request (or not) and pay the final bill in whole without later adjusting it.

Thanks again, Mark

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