#1
Hey guys, just pondering swapping out the pups on my Warwick Corvette std. Ive been searching around and the general consensus is that bartolini pickups should be the only real replacement pups for them?

Thoughts on this please? And if i did go with bartolini, which model would i take?
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I love Bartolinis on my Lakland bass and they sound fantastic. I've got a J-pup at the neck and a MM style humbucker at the bridge, and it really picks out harmonics well. http://www.bartolini.net/information/bass/new_bass_pu_s4.htm that's the range for 4 strings so pick out what would fit out of those.
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#3
I have also heard very good things about Lindy Fralin's Jazz pickups.
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I put a Bartolini humbucking soapbar on my P-bass's bridge position...the high end that thing adds is orgasmic. I plan to swap out the P-pups sometime soon for more Bartolinis. Awesome pickups.
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I put a Bartolini humbucking soapbar on my P-bass's bridge position...the high end that thing adds is orgasmic. I plan to swap out the P-pups sometime soon for more Bartolinis. Awesome pickups.


I could swear that P basses had no bridge pup...
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They don't make 6 string pups. And if they do it's not on their website.
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They don't make 6 string pups. And if they do it's not on their website.



Fail.

http://www.bartolini.net/information/bass/6st_bass_pu_s.htm

Though that might be replace by the new classic bass series.
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So soundwise they are some of the pickups on the market?
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So soundwise they are some of the pickups on the market?


Uh... yep. They are indeed some of the pickups on the market. But not all of them. There are other pickups on the market also...?
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Uh... yep. They are indeed some of the pickups on the market. But not all of them. There are other pickups on the market also...?


And that is why I should never try replying to posts after 4 hours of sleep.

I did mean, some of the best pickups on the market. Of course.
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I've always had good luck with Bartolinis, you should like them too. The jazz sound you can get *not in reference to the Fender bass, but the music genre * is just great. They also get a nice, growly metal tone (depending on the model). Think of older Cannibal Corpse. All in all, a great all-around brand.
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And that is why I should never try replying to posts after 4 hours of sleep.

I did mean, some of the best pickups on the market. Of course.


Sorry, I couldn't resist the smartass response. It seemed like a bad translation and I love those (see: www.engrish.com ).

Anyway, IMO, Bartolini's are 'pretty' and 'gentle' sounding pickups. They're nice for unaccompanied solo and fusion Jazz stuff, but I don't think they'd fare well with an electric guitar going in the background. Their preamps are fine, but their pickups are a bit too brittle for my taste.
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I heard their service department is really, really hard to get a hold of.
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#18
So then, Mr fitzy (mind me calling you that?) What would you suggest for some heavy, grunty "I will rip your balls off" hard rock? Of course they must have a funk tone, or my bass will hate me.
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Sorry, I couldn't resist the smartass response. It seemed like a bad translation and I love those (see: www.engrish.com ).

Anyway, IMO, Bartolini's are 'pretty' and 'gentle' sounding pickups. They're nice for unaccompanied solo and fusion Jazz stuff, but I don't think they'd fare well with an electric guitar going in the background. Their preamps are fine, but their pickups are a bit too brittle for my taste.


They're actually too warm for me. Gentle is another word I'd use.

I suppose if you were doing something R&B or jazzy that needed a big bass sound, but if you want a tone to last in rock, I'd look elsewhere.

Personally, I am a firm believer in Nordstrand pickups. Every one I hear is amazing.
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So then, Mr fitzy (mind me calling you that?) What would you suggest for some heavy, grunty "I will rip your balls off" hard rock? Of course they must have a funk tone, or my bass will hate me.


It's becoming a routine that MetalUpTheAss recommends Norstrand and I recommend Fender SCN's.

EMG's are very clean and sheen and good for hard rock, but they're a bit too sterile sounding for funk. I've yet to play a Seymour Duncan pickup that has sold me. The SCN's sound much better to me.

On my Fender with the 18V PreAmp, the SCN's trully rip balls off. Throw it behind an analogue distortion pedal (see: FULLTONE!), favour the neck pickup, crank the mids and you're a bloody terrorist. But, kill the treble and solo the bridge pickup, and you have a great modern Jazzy tone (see: Jaco). Have both pickups on, scoop the mids and boost the treble, and you have the quintessential slap tone.

However, I think in both cases, the important thing is the active pre-amp.
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The active preamp is there, so now worries about that (good job, warwick!)
So as far as Norstrand pickups go, what would a pair of them set me back?
Fender have never really made any product that has truly amazed me, except for recently i had the pleasure of hearing an old p bass (one with a p pickup and a jazz in the bridge) through an ampeg halfstack and a sansamp bass driver and i must say i quite enjoyed.
So through my mistrus for fender I would need a pretty outstanding pickup to even consider such a thing.
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