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Re: Re Advice on the Underwood pickup

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Posted by Tom ( on August 16, 2002 at 11:03:20:

In Reply to: Re Advice on the Underwood pickup posted by Randy T on August 15, 2002 at 00:32:41:

I have both the Underwood and Realist. The type of pickup you decide on is dependent on what type of sound you want, what kind of music you play, the size of the places you play, the other instruments in your band, what kind of strings you use, etc.

Since I play rockabilly, I'm not too picky on getting my exact bass sound through the amp. The Underwood lets me play bigger rooms with a boomy sound - no preamp either (although that's a rarity from what I see). It's what I use 90% of the time, and most players I know use it as well. It doesn't recreate my natural sound really, but I don't always need that.

The Realist is great because it comes much closer to capturing your natural bass sound. But it's not as loud, and has it's limits when you've got a loud drummer who's not playing with brushes, etc. Just my experience, and remember, every bass is different. I've heard Underwoods on some basses that sound bad as well. But I always hate the Fishman sound. Stay away from that.

By the way, I use all gut strings, no steel, so that's a HUGE factor as well.

: >>: Could anyone please explain what is an underwood pickup for a upright aucostic bass? In short, what are the pros and cons with an underwood pickup compared to other pickups (e.g. the realist, etc.)?<<

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