'51 P pickup "fell off"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GlennW, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
  2. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
    Probably means the pickup cover. I see a pickup.
  3. No you don't. You see the bottom of the bobbin.
  4. The invisible headstock is a tribute to its Fenderness.
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    This instrument has taken a pounding, IMHO.
  6. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    ash body tho...
  7. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I have read of the strings catching on the '51 Reissue top lip pickup and tearing it out.

    The pickup on mine does seem kind of fragile in there.
  8. You know, that totally makes sense. With most any other bass, the bobbins are protected by a cover. Most pickups are, and usually if they're not, they're in a housing or back far enough where the string doesn't have enough give to catch. With an instrument like this, the E or G string *can* catch under the top bobbin.
  9. Busker

    Busker Guest

    Jan 22, 2007
    So what brand is it? A Fender? Squier? Schecter?
  10. HA! exactly.
  11. TrevorOfDoom


    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    looks like a "School Bus Yellow" Fender '51 RI.
  12. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator All panic, no disco.

    Mar 26, 2006
    The neck is tinted all wrong for this to be a Fender. 51RIs that I've seen all have a deep amber color, this one is almost bleached looking. Even with a bright flash I don't believe you could wash out the tint of the neck.

    I vote nay on it's authenticity.
  13. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Perfect time to put in a Basslines SCPB-2 upgrade pickup!:bassist:
  14. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Looks like a Fender.

    Nobody but Fender paints a bass that particular shade of Baby Poop Yellow.
  15. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Horsehockey. On the ones I've owned they couldn't since the fingerboard is higher than the pickup and blocks the string from ever reaching the top of the bobbin.

    If somebody sets it up so the strings can touch the bobbin the pickup would have to be higher than the fingerboard and they don't know how to set up an instrument.

    Most likely it was knocked off by carelessly resting his thumb on the pickup
  16. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yup, on these single coil P's using the pickup as a place to anchor your thumb puts sideways stress on the pickup since it has no plastic cover to protect it. So yeah, you push the pickup apart. That's why I like the chrome covers installed.
  17. vanscoy

    vanscoy Guest

    Nov 30, 2007
    Those ferrules look funny....
  18. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    These '55-style Japanese pickups are notorious for having the tops pulled off.

    I've been hearing complaints of this since the most recent '51RIs and Sting basses started coming in. According to an SCPB vintage maven, the originals did the same thing.
  19. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    I don't see why Fender doesn't wise up and make them with one-piece plastic bobbins like the Am Std Strat pickups.
  20. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Fender doesn't make them, nor do they even make the basses themselves.

    Whoever actually makes them, these are pretty close to the original 1955 pickup, according to people who claim to know. I don't think they are made by the same company who makes the export '51RI itself (Dyna).