#1
Hi everyone.

I have decided to replace the pickups and perhaps the pre-amp on my bass guitar to give it new sound capabilities.

However my knowledge on pickups is very limited so I would like some suggestions please

The ideal set of pickups would be able to produce bass tones for most genres. hard rock is the heaviest genre I play and i also play in a church band so they need to also have a warm tone aswell.

I was thinking of a bartolini for the neck and a EMG for the bridge. But I have no idea of any brand other than these two so any other brands that you think would be better please tell me.

Also any sugestions on the pre-amp aswell would be much appreciated

Heres my bass if that helps:

http://www.iguitar.com/i2000Bass/i2000BassModels.asp?guitar=i4

Cheers,
Daniel
#2
it depends what you play seymour duncans will probably be a good choice for you in my off handed guess
#4
MEC are rather growly, strong air. if you want a warm sound, they can certainly do it, but there are other options available.

EMG and Bartolini are also good options, I can imagine Bartolini doing very well with church music, they seem to retain clarity very well.

what bass is it?
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#5
so perhaps a bartolini for the neck and either a MEC, EMG or Semour Duncan for the rear.

Theres a link to my bass on the first post on the thread.

Im also considering a bartolini pre-amp
#6
Just a thought, if the bass cost you $1500, much won't come from putting above average pickups in there. You'll want really nice pickups, and a really nice pre-amp. That is, if it you need to upgrade it.

Check out Delano, Nordstrands, MEC, and Bartolinis. EMG for high end basses I'm not the biggest fan of. They seem more a mid-range bass thing.

As for a pre-amp, the ones from John East are supposed to be ****ing amazing.
#8
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I like the look of the John East pre-amp, but the one I think will be best is the 5 knob version:

http://www.bestbassgear.com/u-retro-preamp-deluxe-5knob.htm

however there is no switch so will the switch i have on my bass now still be able to work?


What's the switch for?

I can't imagine it does anything the John East preamp doesn't do to be honest.
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#9
Its a mid boost switch, good for going from slap to fingerstyle but i suppose its a small price to pay for a jhon east.

Also, what type of tone to the Delano and Nordstrands pickups have. Ive done some researching but nothing realy good comes up
#10
For church music or anything else with that you would use a smooth tone in I would seriously recommend Bartolinis. I haven't played anything with Nordstrands or Delanos though.