A new pickup for my 1978 P-bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kelpie, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Kelpie


    Jul 25, 2011
    Hello everyone!

    You gotta help me on this one. I know you can. YOU CAN. Just believe you can ok?

    A couple of years a go I bought an american Fender Precision 1978. Unfortunately it didn't have the original pickup so I put on it a Will Power Middle.
    I used to play with a rock/funk trio where I needed a huge sound as the guitarist would play quite high and it was perfect. Now that I am playing in 4-5 piece bands, I found this pickup quite boomy and lacking definition towards the low end. Also muddy in studio situations.

    The sound i'm looking for is slightly more middy and not as aggressive and that could cut through the mix a bit better.

    After a whole day of research I saw that the Seymour Duncan SPB-1 could give me that tone. Any advices?

    Just so you know I play mainly pop, rock (nothing too heavy), blues and the odd reggae gig.

    Hope you can help!
  2. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    David Allen P bass pickup, it will give everything you want and more. I have tried all the different brands, Fralin, Lollar, SD, Nordstrand, Aguilar, Fender, and the David Allen's won hands down. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.
  3. Kelpie


    Jul 25, 2011
    Hey thanks for replying! I heard a few audio clips and watched a few videos, i guess this pickup is too bright for me.

    I'm looking for a woody sound,not too bright nor muddy.. I got suggested Lollars or SPB-1 so far..
  4. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    If you want woody, go for the Fender Original over the SPB-1. It has everything you mentioned.
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I have a '76 P, and have tried both Fender's Original '62 and the SPB-1... I picked the SPB-1, since was the better sounding of the two, IMO - it had a little better lows, and smoother highs, IMO/IME... The SPB-1 and a .1mF cap give me a nice "vintage" sound in my '76 P bass..

    Fralins are very good sounding pups, as well...

    - georgestrings
  6. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    FWIW, if you have a BAII or other "hi mass" bridge, installing a Fender bridge closer to the original will definitely help get that "woody" sound...

    - georgestrings
  7. +1 for Fralin or the Duncan. The antiquities are rather nice as well lil extra $ tho
  8. Kelpie


    Jul 25, 2011
    Thank you all for the advices! A friend has a spare Tonerider P bass pickup, can't find much about it...anyone knows anything about those pickups?
  9. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    +1 on the '62 Original
  10. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    62 Original is a nice sounding pick up. Plenty of great options available. I have Lindy Fralin pickups in one of my Jazz basses and love the sound.

    Maybe this will help.