Best Precision-Type pickups, for that Classic Fender P. Growl

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Juicyanalog, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Juicyanalog


    Jan 9, 2010
    Shokan, NY
    Calling Seasoned {old farts like me} Fender P. players in the know; Please advise me on replacement Precision type pickups, that best duplicates that "60s Fender Precision Tone", the Most Authentically... I have played '60s Fender Precisions for many years. {And Yes, I stupidly got rid of them, but that's another story...} At this time, I cannot afford what I really want. So I have a beautiful '64-ish' Fender P. copy, made by a local builder, with Lindy Fralin's in them. & while I 'do' think that the Fralin's sound pretty "P-ish", They're not quite giving me that true classic "Growl" that I'm used to feeling and hearing... You know,. like you're Annoying a Tranquilized Lion, with a Cattle Prod.. lol {the Fralins' in there now, are a little too.... Y'know, I really can't describe it... Think "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"... they "Look Like", kinda "Sound Like",..but in the end, a; 2 dimensional "Modern-Clean" response... (If that makes 'any' type of sense..prob doesn't) Also, let me state; that I'm NOT looking for that ""Late 70s Hot Underwound Distorto PunkRock"" tone,.. I'm looking specifically for an early to mid 60s Groovy cool low mids growl Tone... Suggestions?..and if there are other threads on this topic already, please enlighten me... Thanks
  2. I think strings and attack/technique have a lot to do with the tone you're looking for. For what it's worth, I use DR Marcus Miller strings with a Lollar pup and like the sound very much.
  3. Juicyanalog


    Jan 9, 2010
    Shokan, NY
    Thank you Woolysock, I agree with you that DR makes great strings, I've heard good things about Lollars myself..{Only one response after two days??!!.. screw all of you.. except u woolysock.. lol}
  4. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    well, here's what I can say.
    I have tried the Seymour Duncan Antiquity Pick-ups and Lollar Pick-ups.
    Both sound great.
    The Lollars are definitely cleaner with more high end presence and a very grindy kind of hot response.
    The Antiquities are similar but slightly less hot and with a sort of rolled-off sound. THe highs are less prominent and it has a darker and subtler tone.
    I think those Antiquities might be what you're after. They have a good strong growl maybe without that modern tone you're not liking in the Fralins.
    I sort of think the scale from Modern and sharp to old and mellow goes: Fralin, Lollar, Antiquity. you know what I mean?
    Though I have no experience with them I see a lot about Nordstrands.
    Good Luck!
  5. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    actually, If you want to hear the Antiquities, listen to our album on Bandcamp (follow the link in my signature). Maybe Abra Cadaver will give the best indication.
    I'm playing my G&L with Antiquities through an Ampeg B-15N with DR Highbeams (i think they were pretty broken in - maybe 3 or 4 weeks old) with a pick.
  6. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I have used many a p bass in my life. I can say that that 60's sound is special. What pick up I have encountered that is very close to that 60's sound are the pickups in the pino signature bass. They are Fender custom shop pickups. Unfortunately I can not tell you the exact model they are but they are most definitely in the pino bass. The closest by miles I have come by.
  7. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    I tried a number of Precision pickups and the Seymour Duncan SPB-1 is just what the doctor ordered. Much more meat to them compared to the 1997 AmStd pickup.

    I have an Antiquity 1 but it is quite similar. If you don't need the aged looks I wouldn't bother.
  8. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    The Fender 62 is an outstanding pickup, as well as the Duncan SBP-1. Either of those will get you exactly what you are looking for I think.
  10. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    Consider the possibility that your P-Bass body, neck, hardware and strings combination is what is not giving you the P sound you're looking for because the stock Fralin Precision pickups (at least, the ones I've heard) sound pretty much like a vintage Precision. I agree with Woolysock on the DR Marcus Miller roundwounds ... they have growl out the ying-yang. I have them on a few of my Ps and Js and love them.
  11. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Is the body of your bass lightweight alder, with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard?

    I'm surprised you don't like the Fralin pickups, because that's what he's all about.

    Yes, the Fender '62 or the SD "vintage" offerings are the next choices.
  12. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    The Lawrence gets a lot of love round these parts.
  13. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    When the pickup in my '68 P-bass failed, I replaced it with a Seymour Duncan Antiquity II. I know this bass very well, gigging with it since 1972. The SD beautifully did the job, and restored the original voice of the bass-- and the design was even structurally similar. My P. has one of the now-gone lovely Raven Labs preamps in it, but that addition did not change the voice of the instrument, just gave more tonal alteration range. With that distinction only, I'd heartily recommend the SDA II replacement.
  14. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    I like the Dimarzio DP122, it's been awhile since I had a bass that had them, but I'm sure they still sound the same. Nice growl and punchy.
  15. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
  16. Fender 62.
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Ya, 62 Original is happening IMHO, too.
  18. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Is that what you ended up putting on that P you picked up a few months back- the one you thought sounded scooped?-
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Yes sir. Fixed it, too.
  20. What fixed it?