Can you recommend a bridge pickup for me?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by spindoc, Jul 18, 2013.


  1. spindoc

    spindoc Supporting Member

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    I'm looking at getting a bass built with a split-coil P (probably Fender '62 Original) in the neck position, but I'm not sure of what to put in the bridge position.

    Passive electronics, mostly fingerstyle, some picking and no slapping, 32" neck, "Christian contemporary" music. (Any other parameters to consider?)

    Any and all input would be appreciated - I know next to nothing about pickups!
  2. PoorePlaysBass

    PoorePlaysBass

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    Personally, I'm a fan of P/J configurations. A Jazz pick up would be nice. Passive speaking, and with me loving my Seymour Duncan Precision Quarter Pounder, SD has a lot of jazz pick up options. Wanting a 4 or 5 string? And what is your body and fingerboard wood going to be?
  3. spindoc

    spindoc Supporting Member

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    Sorry, 4-string. Alder body, maple fingerboard.
  4. PoorePlaysBass

    PoorePlaysBass

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    Alrighty. I'd check Seymour Duncan's Classic Stack J and Vintage J, if I was in your position. But probably a bit biased. I know a lot of guys are Lindy Fralin and Dimarzio fans as well too though.
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  6. iiipopes

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    +1 on the Lindy Fralin. Go with the Split-J in order to keep the humbucking characteristics of the instrument, but not lose J-tone. I personally use a DiMarzio UltraJazz, the same style of pickup, but I have a different pickup in the P position.
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    I'm going to try this Aero in the bridge position on my Gecko. Until I saw it I was considering buying a dual routed P body but this is a P pickup though not staggered. Waiting to hear from Aero about the output and ohms and whatnot.

    http://www.aeroinstrument.com/pj.html
  8. spindoc

    spindoc Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I know I don't want anything with any hum. Those Fralins look pretty pricey, though. Of course I'm looking for something with good value for dollar.

    I also want something that's going to be well-balanced with the Fender Original '62 P. I notice on the SD site the pups are described as high or medium output. Which would work best with the Fender Original?
  9. iiipopes

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    I had a Seymour Duncan stack in my P/J. It was thin. The nature of a stack coil pickup is that if you want tone, you sacrifice low end because the coils are out of phase, and if you overwind them to get low end, the mids get muddy. The Fralins are worth the money; you get what you pay for. The DiMarzio UltraJazz is less expensive. The Model J has too much grind to match a P. I'm not familiar with their "Area 51" pickups. There are some other split-coil J's out there, but I don't recall them just now.

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