50s Reissue P pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by kev451, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. kev451

    kev451 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2014
    New Jersey
    Hello everyone, I hope everyone and their families are doing well. I have a set of pickups from the Fender 50s Roadworn reissue Basses. These pickups sound fantastic. I’d like to put them in my bass. Problem is it’s a PJ style American Fender. So I’m asking opinions from you PJ bass guys what J pickup would you pair with these. Style of music is punk with rock but when I’m home I tend to play differing styles of things. I normally just a touch of the J pup to help round things out and just give it a little bump. So what do you guys think would go good paired with these pups. I’m thinking a set of 60s style pups as they are the most close in terms of era. But that’s just a guess on my part.
  2. Throw them in and see how they sound before spending money on another pickup.
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  3. kev451

    kev451 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2014
    New Jersey
    I already know how they sound they sound great. Problem is the bass itself is a PJ body style. That’s why I’m asking opinions on what J pickup would go good with these pickups.
  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Dimarzio Area J. Vintage tone, noise canceling, and affordable.
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  5. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Any rear (bridge) Jazz PU that fits the existing Jazz slots / lug holes will work fine. 50's P bass pickups were single coil, later came the familiar P humbucking split coil. So you may need a new pick guard cut to accept the new single coil pickup. You will noice more hum than your old P PU. This can be alleviated by dialling in a tiny amount of the Jazz pickup using your bend knob. Not enough to change the P bass sound, but just enough to act as a slight hum buck. It doesn't need much.
    If it was my bass I would probably buy a sweet MM pickup and replace the Jazz with the MM. It'll need a routing template made to fit the MM pickup and then use the template to cut the PU hole in the body. I think the old 50's single coil PU pairs really well with a MM, in terms of output and having a wider and brighter tonal pallet.
  6. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Umm...read the original post again. He's talking about a '50s Road Worn P-Bass (modeled after a late '50s P) which has the "normal" split coil P Pickup. These did not have '51 style single coil pickups.

    Any bridge width J pickup will work. A few years back, I had a parts PJ-bass where I threw a $20 Artec AlNiCo Jazz bridge PU into it and it sounded great. Jazz bridge pickups generally measure between 7-8 kOhm resistance, so anything in that ballpark should work just fine. Adjust the pickup height to achieve the balance you desire. Don't overthink it.
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  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Fralin makes great drop-in P replacements that are warm. You can get them in a split J if you want something closer to a P bite.
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  8. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me. Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Try to find a used Fender Noiseless J bridge on Reverb or ebay. They’re the way to go! Or the Seymour Duncan stuff, just not the Hot Stack. Those are lifeless IMO.
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  9. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Drop in the P pickup and just disconnect the J entirely ;)
  10. kev451

    kev451 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2014
    New Jersey
    Lol what ?