Aguilar P/J ..... on the way!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jhfishn, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. jhfishn

    jhfishn Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Mays Landing, NJ
    Well folks ............ I just sent payment for an Aguilar P/J set.

    The P-bass is the AG 4P-60 and the J-pickup is the new AG 4J-HC and I am psyched!!!

    I'll have to post a review once they are installed.

    I have a USA Lakland Bob Glaub with P/J's (order it that way back in 2003) and have never been fond of the stock Fralins. By stock I mean the pickups that came with the Lakland. I found out that they are voiced differently than the stock Fralins you get from Lindy which was an eye opener to me.

    I suppose most high end bass builders have special voiced pickups though so it shouldn't come as a surprise I guess.

    At any rate ........ it's Aguilar baby!!! :bassist: Whoo Hooo! :D
  2. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Northern California

    I am interested to hear how the P pick up perform. There's been few reviews since these came out. Knowing Aguilar tonal preferences, I would expect to perform very well.
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Nice. Please post clips when you get a chance. I had my tech install an EMG P/J set along with an EMG BTC. Sounds pretty good. I'd like to try a Bartolini P/J set at some point.
  4. Highpost


    Feb 14, 2011
    ny. nyc
    I emailed them a while back. They said October . I've been looking on their website. I guess I have to call the company again. Let us know how they sound. Thx
  5. jhfishn

    jhfishn Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Mays Landing, NJ
    Hopefully they will arrive today ............ Rob at Ludlow Guitars really took care of this deal inspite of the storm up there!

    Real good guy to deal with ............. at any rate ... once installed I will post what I find :hyper:
  6. jhfishn

    jhfishn Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Mays Landing, NJ
    They have arrived!!!

    And they are built solid!

    I'm going to try to install them tonight and see what happens.
  7. Highpost


    Feb 14, 2011
    ny. nyc
    I gotta check the website.
    But I'll be waiting for your review and some eye candy pics.LOL
  8. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Would love to hear how this turned out. I have the Neopunch pickups in my Lakland US Bob Glaub PJ. At first I didn't like them, but they've grown on me. The P pickup is definitely a keeper, but the J is just okay. I'm leaning toward a Nordstrand NJ4SE in the bridge position and keeping the neck pickup the same, but the Aguilars have my attention as well. I'd love to hear some thoughts!
  9. Highpost


    Feb 14, 2011
    ny. nyc
    I think I saw he put them up for sale?
  10. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I think this sums it up. NJ4SE it is.
  11. It'd be nice to hear more details about his experience. After having the 4J-HC set in my Jazz for a while, I'm kind of lukewarm on the bridge pickup (I love the neck, though), and it would be nice to know if my experience is typical or if I got a bit of a clunker.

    Mine is much lower-output than the neck pickup---I know that's usual, but to me they sound unbalanced compared to other J pairs---and the tone is a bit bland. It's not objectionable, but I wish it had some more pop in the upper mids. If the OP is still around, does that kind of match with your experience?

  12. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett
    I have no doubts that this will be a good review.
  13. fourtet102

    fourtet102 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ
    I hate heaters!
    Hey guys!

    I'm thinking to drop Aguilar PJ set into my Warmoth but I can't find any reliable review. Any news through this thread?

  14. Highpost


    Feb 14, 2011
    ny. nyc
    I'm still waiting too
  15. Anyone have a review to post on these yet? Doesn't look like much has been said or written about them so far.
  16. 4OnTheFloor

    4OnTheFloor Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Youngstown, OH
    So Aguilar put together the PJ set, does the P and J interact well together? I would think this set would have phasing issues unless the P and J were wound for matching pair. I ordered the set anyway because I've had nordies, fralins, aguilar, dimarzio and liked the aggies best in a std. jazz bass. I have never tried Aero, Barts, Delano, so my opinion is limited. Does anyone have any feedback about the Aguilar PJ set?
  17. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I have a set that I bought last year in a Warmoth and I love them.

    Aguilar clearly thought this P/J thing through. The J is hum cancelling so you can dial in any amount of either pickup totally noise free. The output of the J compliments the P extremely well. It also sounds very robust as opposed to tinny and thin like some pairs do, particularly if you try to wing a combination on your own.

    They can be very bright, but rolling off the highs gets very solid, robust tones full of girth. With mostly P up, adding the J brings that solid punch to the fore. I don't care for zing - I'm a fingerstyle player and I don't slap. They really sit well in the mix - clear with all the support you'd expect.

    I am very pleased with them and recommend them to anyone wanting an excellent P/J set. FYI, I'm running them passive, V-V-T and have no desire for a preamp. They provide everything I need - great tone!:D:D:D
  18. Eublet

    Eublet Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    FYI, the video below is pretty recent, and towards the end there is some good time spent going over the P/J set that you can listen to.

    I've not tried the P/J myself, but I have the Aggie P in my Fender 70's Precision bass and it is fantastic. It has just the right balance of mids and highs, and isn't overly bottom heavy which allows you to roll the tone way back if you want without things getting too muddy. It's a great pickup.

  19. Just a little bump to hear any more options of these...

    I'm a P guy, but every now and then I need a bit of J honk, and I'm thinking of dropping these into a custom build.

    I'm going for a vintage / growly thing, not sizzle.

  20. Eublet

    Eublet Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    They sound great, but IME all P/J combinations always have a lot of sizzle, even more so than a J/J config. The P and J combination seems to really hollow out the middle even more than a straight Jazz config, and the top end has more zing to it. I don't know if that's avoidable. In fact, I have an extreme dislike for most P/J configs because they balance so poorly. The Aguilar set does as well if not better than anything else I've tried. But still I wind up favoring the neck pickup heavily to keep the sound chunky, and then just blend in enough of the rear pickup to add the amount of top end I want. I've never found any P/J set to be vintage or growly sounding personally, but YMMV. I think a J bass gives a much better vintage, dual-pickup tone than a P/J ever will, but that's just me.
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