Di Marzio P bass any good ?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lost_in_space, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. lost_in_space


    Nov 16, 2001
    hello everybody.

    This is my first post. I have checked the threads but haven't found the answer so please bear with me !

    I would like to have your opinion on the Di Marzio Pbass pickup.

    I have been playing a supercheap Pbass copy for years. I put an old (probably 70s) used Dimarzio in it when i got the bass. Now i'd like to upgrade but I haven't decided if the pick up is worth keeping, or should I just not bother and get rid of it and the bass?

    I play mostly oldies, rock, r'n'b, soul, blues, etc. on whatever amp is lying around. The sound is a bit coarse in the upper midrange, rolling off the tone control helps, but at the expense of punch and articulation (but again, a better (that is, solid wood!) body would surely help).

    thanks for your help.
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    While not as much in vogue as 20 years ago, the model P is a good pickup. A used one isn't worth much, a new one is only like $60.

    Sounds like you're thinking that after you get a new bass you might want to use the Model P in that bass as well. My advice is if you don't like the sound of a bass straight off the rack, look for another bass rather than try to guess what it MIGHT sound like with mods to the electronics.

    I've used the Model P in two different basses and like it. It's a very "in your face" sounding pickup, that might explain some of the "coarseness" you mentioned but I may be misunderstanding what you're describing.
  3. lost_in_space


    Nov 16, 2001
    brianrost, that's exactly what i was trying to say, you got it right. 'in your face', that's it.

    yes cruise4 your guess is correct, i didn't mention that clearly but yes i thought maybe i could recycle the pup in another better instrument.

    thanks everybody for your advice, i will probably just leave my current bass alone and buy a better one instead. I don't think i'll sell the old one though, cause i wouldn't get much money anyway and its the instrument i learned to play on, i bought it from a friend, and after all, it's set up right, plays ok and feels comfortable. it's going to be my backup.

    crappy but i love it like an old wife. funny isnt it ?

  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I put a DiMarzio pickup into my P-Bass years ago. I can't say that it made a huge difference -- that I can hear anyway. I may have gone with something other than a DiMarzio, had I had more experience and had people that knew what the heck they were talking about help me with my decision. :(
  5. I don't like it. Loud and crude. Uninteresting, sterile sound. I still think Fender make the best P bass pickups.

    DiMarzio does, on the other hand, make excellent jazz bass pups.
  6. lost_in_space


    Nov 16, 2001
    thanks, your feedback is really helpful. i wasn't sure what to blame for my tone, but what you people say really confirms my impressions.
    time for a new bass !