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I want a rock monster. I need the right PJs. Tips?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassgod76, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I looked on TB, but couldn't find my exact inquiry.
    I may be getting a new bass that is a PJ type. I've played this bass and the pickups are pretty weak.

    I want this bass to:
    -Be an aggressive type, rock monster (makes devil horns)
    -Not use active pickups.
    -Be wired to the TBX circuit already installed in this bass.
    -Not cost more than $200 for the set.


    I have a set of Seymour Duncan SPB-3, but I'm open to using other P pickups.

    I'm also open to not having both pickups from the same manufacturer.

    I don't think I will care about J hum, since I'd rarely solo the J pup. In short, I doubt I'd care if the J was a single coil.

    Ideas?
     
  2. pgolliher

    pgolliher

    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I have a pair of the Dimarzio p/j pick ups on a MIM P-Bass deluxe, they are passive and very hot and aggressive sounding. I roll off the P pick up a bit and it has awesome growl... almost like a music man. They were only $130 - great investment. I use this bass when for hard rock and it's rad.
     
  3. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Model P/J? http://www.bestbassgear.com/dimarzio-model-pj-pickups.htm

    Or

    Area P/J? http://www.bestbassgear.com/dimarzio-dp251-area-p-j-pickup-set.htm

    I assume Model PJ?
     
  4. I am a SD fan. I love the SJB-3's I've used in jazzes, I have a set of SPB-3's and a SMB4a in a precision copy. I even have a pair of Dimebuckers in a Les Paul bass.

    I know you said actives were out of the equation, but my main #1 go-to bass is a MIA jazz with EMG's and BQ-A

    My fiver has Duncan SJB-3's with a BassMods active pre... (Thick low end for days)

    I think a P/J with quarter pounders, bright strings (Blue Steels) and a killer amp/cab will be just the Rocking ticket.
     
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  6. tubehead2

    tubehead2

    Jan 26, 2013
    AERO TYPE1. P/J and you get passive pickup with active sound.
    Punch, powerful, accurate, clear, dynamic warm, and full.
    Aggressive or polite depend on your finger.
     
  7. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    DiMarzio Model P/J. I have them in my Fender Aerodyne. Kickass.
     
  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
  9. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    These are pretty cool.

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  10. vade700

    vade700

    Jan 12, 2012
    Check out the delano fe pickups you won't be disappointed
     
  11. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    LMAO!!!!!!
     
  12. +1 for DiMarzios; I love the Model J's that I employ in a G&L JB-2 that is a rock monster. Another JB-2 has SJB-3's, and is more of a funk machine.
     
  13. pgolliher

    pgolliher

    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
  14. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I don't understand the last sentence.
     
  15. pgolliher

    pgolliher

    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    He is saying the model J's are good for rock and the SJB-3s are better for funk
     
  16. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
  17. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    -Quarter pounder set

    -Bill Lawrence P-46 and J-45 set (?)

    -SGD P/J set
     
  18. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    The most important factor IMO is the spacing between the P and J pickups. The closer they are, the stronger the phase cancellation between them will be. Personally I find the tone to be extremely pinched sounding and uneven string to string when they are too close to eachother, that may be exactly what you're looking for to cut through some guitars though. My PJ bass has the J very slightly south of the 70s position and the P more towards the neck, the result is a very even yet aggressive sound when I have both pickups on full, the P and J don't get 100% of the way to the classic P and J tones on their own but it's damn hard to tell.
     
  19. You cannot go wrong with older DiMarzio pups. As a matter of fact, it's probably the only way to go. IMHO, of course.
     
  20. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Agree with the Model P/J, or even the Will Power P with a J of your choice. The Will Power P comes stock on the Yamaha Attitude, one of the most aggressive basses out there, and I believe Billy Sheehan used to use the Model P on older models/protos/wife bass.
     
  21. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida