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Dfferent P-bass questions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fenderbassabuse, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. :help: :confused:

    I would like to play with the wiring in my P-bass, but would like to know what I could do, and what it would do to the sound. What would a series/parallel Switch do? What do I need? I would like a cleaner 'Thump' sound, would this help or do I need a new pickup, and it so what should I buy?

    Many many thanks
  2. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    You would need a small DPDT (double pole, double throw) switch, a drill, a soldering iron, some solder and hand tools.

    You can get a schematic at www.dimarzio.com, www.seymourduncan.com or others.

    Personally, I wouldn't waste your time. I did that mod to my '74 P Bass back in the late '70s (with a Dimarzio Model P) and once I tried the parallel mode, went back to series (normal) and never changed it again. The tone becomes thin, loses low end and to my ear just sounds bad (i.e. not good).

    If you really, really want to try it, wire the switch in BEFORE you drill a hole in the pickguard and try it out.
  3. Change strings first.

    Do a search here for "thump" and you will find a LOT of postings.

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