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Posted by R Joseph on May 22, 2002 at 14:20:55:
In Reply to: Re: Type of pickup posted by Jason on April 29, 2002 at 20:48:49:
: : : I'm trying to decide between a Realist pickup and a Fishman Full Circle. Any thoughts? I would have to buy an adjustable bridge to use the Full Circle. Also does anyone use a preamp with either of these pickups? THanks Mark R
: : I don't know about the Fishman pickup, but I know that a luthier can add adjusters to your bridge without you having to buy a whole new bridge. When I went to the ISB convention in Indianapolis in 2001, I noticed that most of the Jazz players were using the Realist.
: * I use the Realist in a jazz setting. It is the most amazing thing to happen to amplified string bass. It really gives a nice true tone, with no preamp needed!! Highly recommended
Whatever you do, don't get the Fishman, they sound like a Fender Jazz Bass with the bridge pickup all the way up and tone control at 10. Unless you dig that telecaster twang for your double bass sound, don't get the fishman. It's a scam, too. In order to get the Fishman to sound half-way decent, you have to buy the pre-amp, which costs another couple hundred. If you have a good sounding bass (no woolfs, good strings) and want a more natural sound without a pre-amp, I recomend an Underwood, but it also depends on how much, if any, arco playing you plan on doing amplified and what type of setting you're going to be playing in. Like I said, the Underwood is a good all-around pickup with no pre-amp needed.
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