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pickup solution for P-bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by honkyfunk, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. honkyfunk

    honkyfunk

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    After months of agonizing research and thought process, I arrived at the pinnacle of solutions for the ultimate pickup to make my off-the-shelf P-bass sound super sweet.. This discovery and final decision happened as I was playing the bass to some drum loops:

    The pickup: Stock Fender P-bass pickup that came with the bass.

    For whatever reason, I happen to have the "perfect storm" of setup, pickup height, strings (La Bella flat 45-109), bridge (hipshot vintage with string-ball shroud), and the rest is off-the-shelf Mexican P-bass. It is one of the best, roundest, colorful, even, quintessential P-bass sounds I've ever heard. I've decided to leave the bass alone, and just play the heck out of it. I guess the lesson here is: sometimes it isn't worth the agony and the over-spending to get the bass where you might want it. It could be right at the present time. Thoughts Y'all?
  2. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    These kinds of decisions used to happen a lot before the internet.
  3. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User Supporting Member

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    MIM P's don't sound bad. If you like it, no need to change.

    Just curious, what have you compared your current setup to?
  4. honkyfunk

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    Thx, Landau roof. Comparisons were dozens, maybe more, of youtube demos, but the strongest comparisons were the 3 other P-basses I've got that have everything from Seymour Duncan to Lollar (very good btw) to JBE and various after-market hardware options. The mostly stock configuration beats them all. Maybe I got lucky with this particular bass?
  5. punkjazzben

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    I've found no urge to change the stock p'ups in my MIM Precision. The only mods I've done are a black pickguard and a set of LaBella 760FS flats.
  6. Smit_Dogg

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    My P pickup is a '58 split coil made by The Creamery, a UK business solely run by Jaime Campbell. He makes everything from scratch and hand winds each product . It sounds fantastic..
  7. sharkbait130

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    Been playing my stock mim P bass for a few years now. Played a few blues jams with some guys with mia's and a couple modified mia's. Wouldn't trade mine for any of them.:bassist:
  8. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    This is it here. No internet, less gas, more happy bass owners. Very happy with the stock MIM P pup in mine.
  9. OzzyGreg

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    That is SO true!
  10. ewe2

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    Certainly before Talkbass :bag: I see the same problem with the G&L folks, a mad rush to mod a perfectly good instrument because it has to have "the sound". There are ways to get that, sometimes with the same instrument, sometimes with a different instrument, but if it ain't broke don't fix it!
  11. atomicdog

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    I wouldn't change a thing.

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