Another dreaded "Road Worn" thread, but with a bit of a difference. For me, the 57 Road Worn P-bass is "The One That Got Away!" It was a great bass, but bad things happened in life and it was the one I was not yet sentimentally attached to.
So things are better, and I'm assembling a non-Worn Road Worn 57 Precision bass. All Fender, using a Nitro finished body and an actual Road Worn neck. Economics dictate that I buy parts slowly and I'm down to the electronics to complete.
My plan was to buy a Duncan SPB-1, and I've been watching eBay and saving my pennies, when a NEW Road Worn P-Bass pickup shows up, removed from a new RW bass. 25 Bucks! I'm not new to eBay and it seems legit. SNAP!... It hasn't arrived yet and even when it does, the bass isn't quite ready.
So, this begs the question: What IS the RW P pickup? Rather than be scolded for asking, I did the requisite TB research and found the definitive answer:
Originally Posted by hsech
Exactly what is the difference with the RW pickups and any other MIM Precision that gives it a "magical sound"? You open the hood and look at the parts, what are you going to find?
Originally Posted by Rocky McD
Originally Posted by king_biscuit
Does anyone know what pickup, pots, and cap are in the Roadworn P?
You can go to Fender.com and look up the parts list and compare part numbers with other Fender basses and see if it matches up with another model. I have done that with other basses.
Well, I’ve tried this, and unless someone has found a better link than I have, Fender doesn’t list parts beyond around 2005.
Originally Posted by Bongolation
The Classics, RW, HO, Special and pre-'12 American Standard Precisions all have the same 61276/7 pickup set, so there's not much between them there.
Originally Posted by "Q"
All the roadworns have the '62 RI pickup in them already. It's a great P pickup but it can be a little "soft" sounding if you prefer a more modern tone.
So there you have it. I loved the sound of my original Road Worn, and certainly intend to give this pickup a shot. As for how I can determine if it is actually a Fender Road Worn Precision pickup
By the way; A little time on my hands. I'm a furloughed federal employee