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    Default Power to the bass

    Hello bass players,
    I'm using 06' anniversay fender mex' jazz bass and I feel like my bass is not agressive enough.
    I want my bass to crunchy and aggresive, I want my bass to have an attitude, a pair of two.
    I was thinking about replacing my JJ mex pickups to the MOST aggresive S.D pickups.
    So pepole - what is the most bada** kind of S.D pickups for my bass?

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    Easier route is putting a RAT pedal on your bass.

    Here's ole Dave Mims with a low output bass pickup into a Rat pedal -listen at :43


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    I'm not a fan of bass pdeals.. I like the narural sound of the bass.
    I've heard that the SJB-3 the Q/P pickups are the most powerful S/D bass pickups.
    Is that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asafender94 View Post
    I'm not a fan of bass pdeals.. I like the narural sound of the bass.
    I've heard that the SJB-3 the Q/P pickups are the most powerful S/D bass pickups.
    Is that right?
    I don't know which is the most powerful -but Quarter Pounders get a huge sound -but they are passive, so they won't approach the output of an active set, I know players like active hot EMGs because they have a slight aggressive growl and more detail -listen to any Primus song to hear the growl I speak of.

    I prefer passive to active for rock.

    You simply cant go wrong with QPs
    Last edited by NegativeEase; 01-01-2019 at 01:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    I prefer passive to active for rock. You simply cant go wrong with QPs
    As a long-time user of QPs, I agree on both points.

    I switched to another pickup in a few cases when I wanted less aggressive.
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    '69 Gibson EB-1
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    '76 Fender Precision w/Dimarzio Model P
    '84 MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special w/SD Hot for P neck & Hot for J bridge
    '99 fretless MIJ Fender Precision/'87 MIJ Fender Squier Jazz hybrid w/SD QP for Jazz
    '12 MIM Fender Jazz w/Dimarzio Model J
    '14 Warmoth Custom T w/ SDCS Stack for SCPB N & B

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    Default Re: Power to the bass

    QPs were my first thought.
    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    Default Re: Power to the bass

    The Quarter Pounds are really the hottest single coil passive Duncan pickups. You could also use a preamp to boost the signal, like the Rex Brown system, the Active Bass Preamp, or the Blackouts preamp.
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    Default Re: Power to the bass

    Having used QPs in several basses for several years I can't see why the signal would need boosting. I had them in my '76 P for a long time and replaced them only because I didn't need/want something that hot.
    '69 Fender Mustang bass
    '69 Gibson EB-1
    '76 Rickenbacker 4001 w/SD for Rick N & B
    '76 Fender Precision w/Dimarzio Model P
    '84 MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special w/SD Hot for P neck & Hot for J bridge
    '99 fretless MIJ Fender Precision/'87 MIJ Fender Squier Jazz hybrid w/SD QP for Jazz
    '12 MIM Fender Jazz w/Dimarzio Model J
    '14 Warmoth Custom T w/ SDCS Stack for SCPB N & B

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