Originally Posted by NKBassman
I'm putting together a parts PJ right now with a Dimarzio Will Power P pickup and a hum-cancelling Ultra Jazz at the bridge. I think it's going to sound killer.
A p-bass pickup is pretty hot and is also hum-cancelling. So for a bridge you want something equally hot and hum cancelling. I'm pretty sure a stingray pickup would fill the bill, and be quite interesting, but it isn't what I did.
I used a NOS Fender P-bass pickup on the 5er P/J I put together with a Dimarzio ultra J at the bridge. No question, it sounds absolutely killer.
The only thing is that if you max both volumes it's not quite balanced as the ultra J output is lower. So perfect "full up" balance, it turns out is about 80% on the P and full up on the J. No biggie, but I"m guessing the stingray pickup wouldn't have the problem, balancing the P-pickup quite nicely. But the Stingray bridge tone won't be like a J so it just depends on what you want. I think EITHER would be a great addition to experiment with on a straight P-bass.
If I didn't intend to blend them together (how do you know until you try it?) I'd probably choose the Stingray approach with the pickup more toward the usual 'ray position. I want to try this on my OLP 'Ray by adding a P-bass split in the usual P-bass position on it which is sort of doing the same thing but coming at it from the other side. I haven't done it yet though, so I can't say how it works.