Fender Blacktop P Bass Pickup Question
Hi Guys...longtime forum member, but haven't posted or owned a bass in over 6 years! A bad experience with the music industry sucked the joy out of playing for me but I'm ready to get back in the saddle...but I digress...
Now that I've "come back", so to speak, I'm looking for a new bass. Had my heart set on an Aerodyne Jazz (after swapping the neck out for a maple P Bass neck), until I stumbled upon the Fender Blacktop line.
I love P-J setups, so these pickup combinations are kinda messin with my head. I'm a relentless modder and see a modding possibility that appeals to me with the Blacktop P.
Has anyone tried or considered the idea of replacing the top humbucker with a split P pickup? Seems that if the route is roughly in the right place, it would just be a matter of replacing the pick guard with one cut for a split P, drop in a new pickup, wire it up, and go.
The only issues I see are the route and finding a pick guard that fits. That begs another question...Is the pick guard a standard MIM P-Bass pick guard? Probably not, as that would make things too easy...lol.
Anyway, I would just like the versatility of using some of my standard fave pick ups in that position, like a SD quarter pounder or a hot Fralin and being able to dial in the bridge humbucker for some extra growl and balls.
Otherwise, I may consider the Blacktop Jazz, but I really prefer a P neck and body for feel.
I'd appreciate any help or advice from Blacktop owners...these look like some fine pieces of machinery, especially at the price point!
I suggest you look here.
Look into the Schecter Diamond P Custom-4. Same pickup combo you planned on modding to get, with a coiltap for the bridge pickup. All you'd have to do is swap the pickups to taste.
I had one for sale that was swirled its pretty crazy
IIRC Fender used to make some Deluxe Precision model that had a split P pickup and something that looked like a Blacktop humbucker-type pickup near the bridge.
The Am. Dlx. P-Bass
Now that I've put in a little more research time, I'm thinking that the Blacktop Jazz may work out best for me. As much as I've always loved everything P and almost consider it blasphemy, I may have shifted into J territory during my 'time out'.
I went to a local shop yesterday to check out their Fender selection. They had 3 BT Ps, no BT Js, and the usual smattering of varied MIM/CIJ/MIA P & J basses. First of all, I realized how careful I'm going to have to be with the BT line. 2 of them were way too heavy and 1 was in the just acceptable (to me) range. Actually the nicest body weight was found in a 3TSB Classic Series 70's P...I don't know much about those. They must be MIM, based on the price tag, but damned if it didn't put most if the MIA basses to shame!
While I was sampling different models, it occurred to me how tiring that P neck was...I tried some Js and the necks were so much more comfortable, that I can't imagine investing in anything with a P neck, at least right now. People used to be surprised that I preferred a bigger neck since I have hands on the smaller side of medium. Must have been hand strength that compensated since my hands are a shadow if their former selves in the strength department...lol.
This puts me pretty solidly in Aerodyne territory now and makes the BT J a much better candidate, too. Price is a big factor for me, so I'd have to wait awhile for an Aerodyne and I'm leery of weight since many seem TOO light (jeez, why can't I ever be satisfied? I feel like Goldilocks...lol). However, no one seems to have the BT J in stock and I may have to wait anyway.
I am a little apprehensive about the pup config in the BT J, but the more I listen to sound clips of it the more I like it. It's not a P, even with the neck pup soloed. It seems close, but a little thicker, which I like...gotta be due closer placement to the neck. The bridge pup soloed sounds better to me than any J bridge pup. Again, in the ballpark, but not nearly as nasal, which I also like.
Anyone playing one of these and have some input? I'm gonna start scouring the forum for BT J info...
I have a BT P,, and love it,, now I am looking at The Modern Player 5 string as my next purchase... I also like a nice Jazz neck...
I, too, love my Aerodyne, but;
1. I am biased, what with it being my first bass.
2. From the way you've been talking, it sounds like the BT Jazz is more up your alley.
Thanks for all the replies...it's nice to know that I can come back from a long absence and still rely on my low end brethren to provide advice!
I actually took the advice of capnjagg and looked into the Schecter Diamond P (many thanks for the suggestion, man...I never would have looked at one of these if it hadn't been for you). GC had a new one and I REALLY liked it...it had wider neck spacing than a Jazz, but the neck was a bit thinner, so it didn't cause my left hand to strain and tire out. Kinda the best of both worlds for me. I found a used one online for $279 (blue with black guard) and pulled the trigger. I can't wait until it arrives...there will definitely be a NBD post when it does!
I'm still undecided about the electronics. I'm not too sure about the ceramic P pickup. Hot as hell, loads of punch, but a little lacking in character. I only spent 10 minutes with the floor model, so I'll have to play around with mine when it gets here. I think a set of flats might do wonders, too. I've owned almost every P pickup on earth at one time or another, so I'm sure I can find a perfect match. I really like the stock humbucker, though. Seems like a killer bass for the $$, so thanks again!
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