Replacement P-bass pickup for active bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nijushiho, Jan 12, 2014.


  1. Nijushiho

    Nijushiho Supporting Member

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    There is a lot of enthusiasm around Talkbass for replacement P-bass pickups (Seymour Duncan, Bill Lawrence, Nordstrand, etc.) and I am curious to try one of these on my Fender MIA Precision Deluxe (2005). I have to admit to thinking about this when I hear about pickups that emulate a vintage (early) P-bass sound. The 2005 pickup delivers a pretty "hot" tone.

    Of course, I invite anyone to advise if this is not going to make much of a difference, given the relative quality of the stock pickup. Fender customer relations couldn't tell me much in detail about the stock p-up.

    But my main question is -- does the fact it is an active bass limit my choices of replacement pickup? Or can any pickup be swapped in and function without any issues?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    nope, any passive pickup will go right in; you have passive pickups in there now.
  3. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    You cannot re-use the potentiometers and the capacitor in the tone circuit.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    ??

    not sure what you mean; the old pickup is a regular passive P, and a new one would go right in.

    you certainly can "reuse" the pots with another pickup.
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  6. line6man

    line6man

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    The existing pickups were passive, so the impedance is not changing very much.
  7. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    +1...



    - georgestrings
  8. Nijushiho

    Nijushiho Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys for the advice.

    I am going to order the Bill Lawrence P-46 and see what happens:cool:

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