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Posted by Tom (220.127.116.11) on August 16, 2002 at 11:24:36:
In Reply to: Re: underwood pickup posted by Johnny Washington on August 05, 2002 at 10:53:26:
Take each person's advice with a grain of salt because each bass is not created equal, and your needs may not be my needs, or anyone else's who has replied to you either.
First of all, what kind of music do you play? What bass do you have? What amp are you using? What kind of strings are on there? The Underwood will work for some, and not others. I get a fantastic boomy sound with it, never had trouble getting the lows and I don't use any preamp. In fact, all the tone dials on the amp are practically set to zero. Turn the "bass" dial up, and the lows are there, no problem getting lows here through an Underwood.
But I use a 50's Kay with all gut strings - no metal whatsoever. I use a GK400RB amp through a JBL 15" custom cab. Now, this is a jazzman's nightmare, but I play rockabilly and honky tonk, hillbilly, etc.
Every guy out there will have a different experience with any one pickup, so avoid a blanket statement that says, "the underwood doesn't get enough lows". It depends on what you expect to hear and what is suitable to what kind of sound you're looking for.
That said, the Realist will definitely match your bass' natural sound better than an Underwood. I bought mine directly from David Gage, and he said it's best if you love the sound of your bass already, unamplified. I keep both on my bass at all times, just in case.
: I have a Kay plywood bass made in early 60's. The Underwood resuts in a more treble sound, with not enough lows. I tried using different amps with different settings, still too much treble. That's what I've observed.
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