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I'm looking at building a five-string bass, and I'm trying to scope out my options on pickups. I'm not looking for the best on the market, just a pickup that sounds decent. I'll be using one pickup in the bridge position alone. The sound I'm looking for is something like Tony Levin (he uses musicman pickups): fat, can be overdriven fairly easily, and with decent clean sound, but can get into a kind of dirty jazz/blues line.

I've read up on some of the active/passive stuff, and I've kind of come to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter either way, if the sound is there.

Any thoughts?

edit: changed from six strings to five.

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I like the P5J or P5 or J5. They sound best together, but separately are good too. The MMs in my opinion, are bright and not so good in the bass. The EMGs are better balanced. Then if your ears tell you different, then go with it. Also, in the classifieds I have an OLP MM5 bass if you want some parts. No bridge or tuners, but electronics work. Check it out.

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Here's a great sounding one you can find at a decent price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...&category=41430

I haven't used the MM 1/4 pounder but I use the P bass 1/4 pounders all the time. Loud, fat sound and it's clean. Look around on the net and see if you can find an mp3 of the MM to listen to and see if you like it.

Here's SD's link on spec's:

http://www.basslines.com/website/tonechart.shtml#bass

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I like the P5J or P5 or J5. They sound best together, but separately are good too. The MMs in my opinion, are bright and not so good in the bass. The EMGs are better balanced. Then if your ears tell you different, then go with it. Also, in the classifieds I have an OLP MM5 bass if you want some parts. No bridge or tuners, but electronics work. Check it out.

OK, thanks for the insight.

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