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Re: Re Advice on the Underwood pickup

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Posted by Andy Seed ( on August 22, 2002 at 01:56:01:

In Reply to: Re: Re Advice on the Underwood pickup posted by Tom on August 16, 2002 at 11:03:20:

: 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.
: : >
As I said before I did use an Underwood for years and never had any real complaints about sound e.t.c (apart from lack of projection from the E string) - I still keep one as a spare pickup , just in case ! I`ve heard the Realist on a lot of basses and , to be honest ,wasn`t that impressed . As our friend says that it`s "horses for courses" - what suits one player or bass won`t neccessarily suit you , the only way to find out is to try it and see . It`s an expensive way of doing it but it`s the only way to get it right in the end . Although I don`t use an Underwood nowadays I wouldn`t hesitate to reccomend one as they give a usable sound , are easy to change from bass to bass , have plenty of volume , are very reliable and (best of all !) are cheap . Just because new technology has come along doesn`t always mean it`s better (Ray Brown used an Underwood for years) as the old saying goes "if it aint broke,don`t fix it".By the way I now use a Rich Barbera pickup on both of my basses but will always keep the Underwood as a spare. - Andy .

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