The Pickup Kongs

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Posted by Fred B. Stewart on January 02, 2002 at 21:22:51:

Hello Bassists,
Since I've been the pickup exploration route since 1977, mostly with guitar pickups until 1994, it often comes up in any conversation or web posting, what pickups will be better than what I have or deliver the specific sound I want? Great pickups are far a few between even among the tried and true makers and there is a lot to putting the right pickup in the right bass. But for the most part it's a good investment. I confess to all you players that I am a passive builder and prefer to get the best possible sound with minimal conflict in the circuitry. My sound comes from the design and art. Well... pickups are like that too and ordering pickups from an intelligent person who will be honest with you is the best spent money. There are all kinds of myths and legends about pickups, with ads, hype, and endorsements to spawn sales. The Kongs of the pickup makers maybe do pay special attention to a known professional players pickup order, but there isn't time in the day to roll out the carpet for all us tone junkies. I only use Aero pickups, and they are personally built to my specifications to exacting quality every time. They are well worth the wait and the money. I've wasted all kinds of money and time on other brands and I hope this short reference helps those considering an upgrade.

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