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Passive P bass pickups. EMG HZ vs. Wilde (Bill Lawrence) P46

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by PunkKitty, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. PunkKitty


    Feb 2, 2014
    I'm putting together a P bass from parts and I'm trying to decide which pickup to put in there. I want noiseless passive electronics. I own a EMG HZ that I can install. But I'm not opposed to selling that and buying a Wilde P46.

    Any thoughts on one vs the other?
  2. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City, CA
    Endorsing Artist: GK Amps
    I'm REAL biased, I LOVE my P-46… I have it with a bridge pickup in my Warmoth 5 string build and I've used a bunch of other P Bass pickups (Bart to Fender and many in between) but the P-46 passive is sweet, full, and (depending on the hight adjustment, near or far from the strings) powerful, a little like the classic P Bass tone but clearer. As a member in good standing I HIGHLY recommend the Lawrence P-46 !!

    How it sounds and looks…



    ( I recorded direct into the computer and mixed through a Sans Amp plug-in set to a clean Fender amp like tone….no compression. The bridge pickup adds a tightness.)

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  4. Your bass playing is fantastic. Nice tone from that pickup. That first song has me in tears and I love that you have speed knobs on your warmoth!
  5. Thebrownarrow


    Jul 23, 2011
    I feel bad that I can't remember who posted this on here, but this guy has the P-46 installed in his bass. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Bill Lawrence made killer pickups, no doubt (RIP). But rather than the HZ, I'd be looking at the new EMG Geezer Butler P vs the P46. Had one on my Precision for 3 weeks now and I love it. Won't say it's the very bestest pickup ever because that kind of choice is quite personal, but it's certainly the best I've tried. It's modeled after the P pickup in Bobby Vega's 1960 Precision. They're not out quite yet, but should be out soon.
  7. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    I am partial to Lindy Fralin's

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