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I'm a noob @ replacement bass pups

1989 Views 14 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  sami
I recently bought a Brice 5 string (Alder w/fm top). I'm finding this bass to be pretty weak so I'm thinking of getting new pickups next.. They're active too and fresh battery doesn't make a difference.

So I first scoured musiciansfriend, some local store sites and googling. There doesn't seem to be many options for a 5 string bassist, or am I not finding the right place yet?
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EMG, Seymour Duncan, Bartolini, Nordstrand, all get great reviews, and there's a few others that are slipping my mind right now.

Some you may have to route for, though, as there's really no "standard" for bass pickups once you get above 4-strings.
I know my Douglas sounded "ok", but not great, but definitely sounded better with the pickups raised a bit. But still not great. But try the pickup height first, for sure :yesway:
Are you using the stock strings? Try elixirs first. ;)
Yeah, if it's the strings Rondo ships them with, they're flat-out terrible :lol: Elixers are great (though pricey), as are most of the stainless steel types (D'addario Pro Steels, SIT Power Steels, etc.) for a nice punchy tone.
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