51 P bass single coil options

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Magical_Merlin, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Magical_Merlin


    Nov 2, 2008
    Kent, WA
    What options of single coil p ups are out there? The only one that I find is the Basslines. Anyone ever tried it out? Thanks.
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
  3. Magical_Merlin


    Nov 2, 2008
    Kent, WA
    Thats interesting that they offer a split option. Wonder how it sounds?
  4. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    Many people make them. I believe Duncan has about five, Rio Grande has a couple, Fralin, maybe Jason Lollar. My fav so far has been a rewound Fender RI with about 7.7K of 42 awg wire. I have no way to test magnets, but I have a feeling that A3 rods would counter some of the brittleness those pickups seem to have.
  5. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Nordstrand has a fantastic one, and they also have a hum-free split version of the straight single coil pickup.

  6. kirkm24


    Jan 1, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    You might not need a replacement. I replaced the stock CIJ Fender pickup with an Antiquity II and saw an extremely negligible difference in tone.
  7. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Also Aero.
  8. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I had a custom wound one made for me by Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Guitars. Great sound and he nailed what I asked for. Fast too. He had the pickup done and in the mail one day after I sent him payment.

    It's smoother and less harsh than the stock pickup. A little less of the extreme high end zing, but that's what I asked for. Pretty high output. Very responsive to playing technique. Setting the pickup height is critical with these type of pickups.
  9. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Lollar or Nordy Single/hum cancelling
    Fender Vintage
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    +100 ! This type of pickup is extremely simple. The one on my Jay Turser sounds amazing, I wouldn't consider replacing it. I've also noticed that it is extremely sensitive to pickup height adjustment. It really has to be 'just right' to sound great.
  11. Bass_Trax


    May 7, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I've experimented with all 3 versions of the basslines in my Nash TB-68J.
    (1968 Telecaster style bass with an added J pickup at the bridge)

    SCPB1 - This pickup has a very wide sonic footprint. Meaning, each note envelops your speakers and lays a very broad foundation. Not punchy at all and no growl to speak of but has lots of high end. Not sure I could use this pickup by itself, but works very well in conjunction with the J bridge pickup. The J tightens up the tone while still retaining some of the plush low end resulting in a very unique tone that I enjoyed.

    SCPB2 - This one is a bit hotter, has more low end and is punchier than the SCPB1. The growl factor makes an appearance (unlike the SCPB1) which I prefer for adding some stank to the notes when necessary. This is the one I chose to keep in my bass because it sounds very good by itself and great with the J bridge pickup. Sounds excellent for Meters style funk and Stones style rock.

    SCPB3 - This one adds alot more mids, more low end and will punch you square in the jaw. If you play any sort of hard rock or metal and want to cut thru the mix, this is the one for you. Lots of growl and cutting mids in here. This pickup isnt shy...the notes are very strong and the bass sounds very commanding with the J bridge pickup blended in.

    IMO...Hope this helps some.
    FYI....I havent tried any other manufactures pickups of this style, so I couldnt compare.
  12. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Good descriptions. Roundwounds or flats?
  13. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Good to know!

    My Aero single coil pickup came with very specific instructions for height adjustment: 4mm below the string when pressed down at the 12th fret.

    I'd be curious to know where others set their pickups, and how raising/lowering impacts the response.
  14. stevetat


    Nov 11, 2005
    New England
    I have a Duncan Custom Shop stacked (humbucker) quarter pounder in my 55 CS P. Blows the stock pup out of the water.


    I also have a Duncan SCPB-2 in my CIJ Silver Paisley SCPB. It's the stock factory pickup. Another great sounding pup...I agree with Bass_Trax's description above.
  15. koobie

    koobie Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Portland OR
    My fave pickup in my Sting was Fralin's split version of the classic SCPB pickup, very open on top and dead silent, no noise whatsoever. Highly recommended unless you play really heavy music, I'm sure there are ruder pickups that could be more appropriate for that.
  16. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Rio Grande Makes two the one with the larger poles is killer.
  17. Bass_Trax


    May 7, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I used rounds - DR Hi Beams
  18. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
  19. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006