Best Stock Pickups

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CarvinAbuser, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. I'm in the market for a fretted and a fretless bass for $1000 or less (each). Which basses in this price range have the best stock electronics? I'm leaning toward passive PU's. Many thanks.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  3. Thanks for the response. Any other recommendations?
  4. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    Is there a particular platform you are interested in, P, PJ, soapbars?
  5. Not really, I've just been watching YouTube demos of different basses.
  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
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  7. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You are in Maryland, head over to Chuck Levins, Guitar Center, and Bills Music and you can hear them all for yourself!
  8. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    I like the Fender CS60's, for both Precision, and Jazz.
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  9. I like the previous Fender American Standard Jazz pickups. They have more clarity and a more traditional scooped Jazz feel. The new CS60's are too muddy and undefined for my tastes. Luckily, you can still get the old (2008-2012) pickups in the American Special - It has the Grease Bucket tone control and the neck profile is ever so slightly thinner (fingers to thumb) too.
  10. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I'm with M.R. Ogle. G&L MFDs are the best stock pickups I've played.
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

  12. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    Some of the pup sounds are going to be dictated by what amp you're running it through, and you strings. Not just a pup sound by itself.
  13. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Yamaha split p-bass pickups seem to be good. I had one on an RBX and have one on my BB.
  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Insert name of favorite bass here. You are essentially asking what the best bass is for $1000. What are you looking for? You should narrow it down a little or everyone will just name what bass they currently own or want. Actually, most people will probably do that anyway.
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  15. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    +1 vote for G&L
  16. Have to disagree about the G&Ls. For me they have too much of it all. Esp. in combination with active preamps.
    I prefer the soapbars in the Musicman basses (but hard to differenciate the pickups from the active preamps).
    G&Ls have a special midrange frequency they pronounce and which is always there. If you like it everything is fine, but you can't get rid of it.
    Musicman's have a very distinct sound, too. I love my Musicman Classic.
    But if I could only have one bass it would be a Jazz Bass.

    The question is hard to answer without knowing which sound you're after.
    I have four jazz basses and the best pickups so far are the ones in the US '64 Vintages Series (but this might be due to the Fender Nickel strings). Most of the times, too many variables are involved.

    There is a really very good comparison between Japanes, Mexican and U.S. Fenders on Youtube. Same player, same tunes, same strings, same interface.
    Listen to it without watching.
    They all sound good (IMO) and there are less differences between them than I would have expected.

    Last edited: Jan 5, 2015
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  17. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    The PJ pickups in some of the better 1980s passive Yamaha BBs sounded great.

    Also, some of the Fenders already mentioned.