8 string with P/J pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassbo2112, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. I recently purchased an ESP B208FM 8 string. I noticed this and the other two 8 strings in this price range (Schecter and Dean) all use the same style pickups (ie EMG 35HZ).

    I have a fender alder body P Bass with a P/J configuration and was thinking about getting a custom made 8 string neck.

    Would the P/J configuration work well for an 8 string? Would it be able to bring out those octave strings? The other question is do you need active electronics to bring out those octaves or would passive get the job done?

    Appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Duckwater

    Duckwater Guest

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I think it's worth a try, if you don't like it you could always put the neck on a different bass.
  3. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I have an 8-string that uses two P pickups. Passives are fine, but back when I first built the bass it had DiMarzio Ps, and they were too midrange heavy and lacked low end. The I wound some low impedance pickups, and they sounded a lot better.
  4. roffe


    Mar 9, 2011
    Stavanger, Norway
    I have EMG PJ pickups with a passive tone control in my 8-string and it works great.