Hey, some of you may have seen this thread: P-Bass pick-up- the best I have ever tried-
. Well, so did I, and I decided to purchase a set of these as well! To be clear, I have no affiliation with M&V guitars other than being a customer.
When I saw the thread I absolutely loved the looks of the pickup, the huge magnets were super cool, and the logo was attractive. That was my first impression, and being that I had a P-bass on the way and no pickup specifically for it, I decided to take the plunge.
I emailed M&V and quickly heard back from Joe, who was very attentive and answered all of my questions.
The pickup arrived quickly and was packaged well.
It looks even better in person than on their website! Very well built with a machined plastic cover, huge solid magnets, cloth push-back wiring, and a thorough instruction sheet.
But what really matters is the tone, and this has it in spades.
Before receiving the pickup, I first installed a Dimarzio Model P, then a Seymour Duncan Basslines SPB-2 "Hot" pickup. Here are some unscientific impressions:
The Atlas has a much clearer sound than the SPB-2, especially with the tone turned down. Whereas the Duncan became muddy and indistinct with the tone below half, the Atlas remained articulate. It was also brighter when the tone was rolled up when compared to the Duncan.
With this brightness it did not become harsh though, which I found the Model P to be. The Model P is very upper mid heavy, which I usually like, but it does not work in every circumstance. The Atlas has a much more "full range" tone that works very well in a band situation.
Overall, what I noticed was the fantastic clarity of the Atlas when compared to these two popular replacement Pickups. It was punchy, clear, articulate, and never became muddy. It also responded very well to changes in plucking style, making the tone knob a secondary tone control.
This being said, the Atlas is a P-pickup. At its roots it sounds like a Precision, and I wouldn't buy this hoping to sound drastically different from that type of tone. It isn't going to turn your P-bass into a Stingray, or a Jazz, rather a different sounding Precision. To me it is better than others that I have tried, but others may not feel the same way.
I have spoken to and emailed with Joe from M&V a number of times, and he has been extremely helpful throughout this entire transaction. Customer service has been absolutely top notch.
I would not hesitate to recommend these pickups to someone looking for a replacement Precision pickup, and look forward to using them for a long time to come!
I will try my best to put together some sound clips, but I don't know how well I'll be able to do that.
Here is the link to their website: http://www.mvguitars.com/P-Bass--3-8...-Pickups-.html