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Best P bass pups????

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pnchad, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. pnchad

    pnchad Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    I have a '75-'76 original fretless that I had owned since new, sold away 15 years ago, found it again on eBay and snatched it back.

    My problem is that sometime, probably in the '80s, I changed out the pups and atenuators for Schecter, I think, at the time.

    Question: who now makes the best, most authentic P bass pups/pots that money can buy???:rolleyes:

    I know you guys will come through.:D
  2. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    You'll get lots of opinions about this. I myself prefer the Seymour Duncan Basslines for upgrading a Fender. You'll also get lots of different opinions about which model to use. I use the Quarter Pounder. It's tough to actually go out and hear any of the various pickups. You just have to take a chance and hope you're right. If you don't like them you can always sell them and recoup part of the cost at least.
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    If you want "authentic", then I would suggest a Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickup for P-Bass. I think Seymour Duncan does a very good job at recreating vintage pickups.

    There are other pickup makers like Nordstrand and Lindy Fralin that make pickups with "enhanced" P-Bass tone. I've played a Fralin equipped P-Bass and loved the tone. If *I* were buying a replacement P-Bass pickup, it would be a Lindy Fralin.
  4. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Seymour Duncan antiquity II are good but not quite accurate. The Seymour Duncan Bass lines are a much more modern sounding pickup. Not as much punch and sweet warmness but overall a more hifi sound. From what I have heard and read the Nordstrand is the closest to the original puckup. The Fender Original p-bass pickup is still available but who knows how close they have held tolerances to the original sound. Hope this helps.:cool:
  5. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    This depends on which Basslines model, because SD makes three: SDP-1, SDP-2 (Hot), and SPB-3 (Quarter Pounder). Duncan claims the SPB-1 is a recreation of a vintage Fender pickup that delivers the classic split-coil tone, and at least some agree. I have the SPB-2 Hot for P-bass, which is a heavily overwound version of the SPB-1, and has loads of punch while retaining some vintage warmth. I wouldn't call it hifi, and it's an excellent all-around pickup. The Quarter Pounder is definitely more modern, with a more full range, hifi sound, and lots of punch.
  6. I have a bass wih a Seymour Duncan SPB-1 and i think it is very close to a good vintage Fender P pickup; probably closer than the Fender replacements. The antiquity is supposed to be even better but i have no experience with it.
  7. The antiquity is no longer listed on the website... maybe it is out of production?
  8. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Jason Lollar makes some pretty amazing pickups and is certainly worth a look.
  9. marc40a


    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
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  10. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Try - Products > Antiquity ;)
  11. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
  12. papadog


    Dec 31, 2016
    Do most player s swap out the pups on the 50's MIM classic series ? Or for that matter the'' MIM 50's precision bass that retails for about $ 750 ?
  13. midichlorine

    midichlorine Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Stock wound lindy, Lollards or Duncan antiquity 2.

    The Duncan antiquity 2 is a outstanding replacement

    But if you wanna get spot on then I would suggest the fender pure vintage 63
    Zoobiedood and Bobby Bass like this.
  14. midichlorine

    midichlorine Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Baseline isn't completely accurate but ant2 is a whole different animal!!

    Then again,
    Different strokes

    I play a nordstrand Np4a and couldn't be happier but the pure vintage 63 was my fav up until that point
  15. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Gold Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
    Honey Badger for the win.
  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I'm partial to Klein Epic Series pups myself.
  17. Haven't tried enough different P pickups to really know, but I do know I like my Bill Lawrence P46.
  18. byacey


    May 16, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    I'll second the Wilde / Bill Lawrence P46. You won't find a better sounding pickup; this pickup has it all.
  19. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    In this order for me:
    1. Fralins stock wind
    2 Geezer Butler EMG
    3. S. Dunken SPB-1
  20. Lejdestad


    Aug 13, 2015
    OP posted the question 11 years ago, I think he already found something to replace it with...
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