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Growly P-Bass pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by J03YW, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    Hey, this holiday season I've ordered a TC Electronic BG250 amp, and to go with it I'm deciding to go with the Squier Classic Vibe 60's style P-bass. I'm trying to get that awesome Entwistle growl he had around 1970, and I think the amp's tubedrive will get me there (and please do tell me if I should get a Sansamp instead, I'm kinda reluctant to get one of those for their cost. I'd rather have a good amp), but I'll sort all that out. The main point of this thread are affordable, growly P-Bass pups. I'm looking for that throaty sound that Entwistle had, as stated before, and I'm not sure if the stock Squier pups can do that as well as some others, but if they can, please tell me. Please keep in mind that I don't have too much money, and passive ones would be preferable. Thanks!
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  3. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    Those are well within my price range, got a vid/soundcloud?
  4. An old-school DiMarzio P-pup. After all, that's pretty much where it all started.
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  6. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    which model would you call "old school"? I'm new to pickups

    EDIT: Lol I guess that means the Model P?
  7. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    ok man, i think that's what i'm going with. thanks a ton!
  8. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Friday Harbor, WA
    I find the stock pickups in my 62 AVRI to be pretty raunchy when used with Swing 66 strings and run wide open. Otherwise, I'd 2nd the Curtis Novak Charlie Christians.
  9. Put 500k pots in it lol I stuck some in my beater Squier and its super growly. Ymmv
  10. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    thanks for the tip, i bet i have some laying around.
  11. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Squiers should already have 500K pots.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I don't unfortunately but Curtis makes some of the best hand wound pickups around I have these pickups in a P and they sound fantastic you can contact Curtis for more info.
  13. vistacruiser

    vistacruiser Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Menomonee Falls, WI
    I second the DiMarzio Model P to get you to the Live at Leeds tone, with of course, round wound strings. (a bone stock '65 P bass w/fender 7250's will totally nail that tone) And do the series/parallel switch option with the DiMarzio. Because this p/up has 4 wires (2 each side) it's easy to do the S/P mod. If you don't want to drill the 1/4 inch hole in your p/gard for the switch, get a push/pull switch pot for your tone knob. Series is how every P bass p/up set is wired together and if I had to choose I would prefer series, but you have the option to wire in a switch to allow connecting the two sides of the p/up in parallel. You get a brighter clearer sound, as if the p/up were closer to the bridge. A nice contrast to the DiMarzio's normal hot behavior. If I were doing a single p/up P bass, I would incorporate the S/P switch.
  14. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    Ok, I may do that in the future.

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