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Getting A Sound I Like Out Of A ‘85 Thumb - Help Needed

Discussion in 'Bass Pickups & Electronics' started by LukeFRC, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. LukeFRC

    LukeFRC

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    So I have a thumb bass with active Seymore Duncan pickups (the ones with the 3 rocker switches) - these switches select a LPF filter with selectable different cut offs and resonance.

    The problem is that I prefer them wide open, I find that the cut offs take some of the openness from the top end. This setting ends up with quite a boost in the top end.

    The next problem is the preamp is the original 1985 Warwick ‘emg’ influenced one - which isn’t as quiet as a modern electronics and any boost of the treble adds to the massive high end... yet the EQ point seems quite low so cutting treble seems to take the high mids too...

    So it’s a great sounding bass- with a bit too much treble, and in most cases that wouldn’t matter except that I tend to go to desk via DI and then use IEM - which emphasises the top end further! Would be amazing if I was a tapper!

    So the bass is up for sale as really I don’t *need* it... and before I get into the whole dropping my asking price etc I thought I would ask the collective wisdom on here ...
    Change preamp or pups first?

    Preamp I don’t think I would look further than John East - they really are the best preamps around.

    Pickups I’m not so sure... some old EMGwould be a easy swap but I prefer passive pickups, and like Barts but don’t think they will suit this bass. “Vintage” style pickups seem like an anachronism on a thumb bass. There’s a set ofLace Alumatone for sale locally - that could be nice with a wider open sound - how do people think they would sound?
     
  2. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    Barts sound great in thumb bass IMHO. They complement the exact strong low mid range thumb has, while not being very harsh on the treble side.
     
  3. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    thumb+barts=silky growly
     
  4. LukeFRC

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    I’ve got two Bart equipped basses - not sure I want another... though it would sound good - I was playing it just now and it’s got a crazy top end
     
  5. LukeFRC

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    Oh balls - everything I’m listening to at the moment has passive jazz basses on it. :( I think the pickup change is a backup - I’ll need to sell the thumb to pick up a jazz.
     
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