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Did I mess up my Pbass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by twc1313, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. twc1313

    twc1313 Practice is the cure for GAS...or so I've heard. Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    I have a MIM 2012 Fender P, when I bought it I added some mods to it to make it mainly a modern rock bass. I added a Gotoh High-Mass bridge and SD Quarter Pound Pups. Now however, I put some chromes on it and want to get that more traditional sound out of my p. I have read that the qp's are scooped and i'm loosing the mids magic that makes the p cut so well in a band setting. To go with my flats, should I put the original bridge and MIM pups in it? Any other suggestions?
  2. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Try it. If it doesn't sound right, go back to the original pup ?
  3. The Gotoh bridge is fine. The QP pickups are more aggressive and scooped in the mids. Do some experimenting with your amp's EQ settings to get a tone you like. I have a P/J with QPs and Chromes and I have no problem getting a nice warm round P sound that thumps.
  4. Stick those chromes on and roll the tone back on your bass and you'll be in Fat City.
  5. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    Change the pups, probably. Bridge wouldn't do any massive difference to the tone.
  6. Deep Cat

    Deep Cat Supporting Member

    This may sound crazy, but maybe try changing your pots. Try something in the 500k range. You might find some of those mids coming back, and make sure you run full vol out.

    I've recently changed out a gotoh high mass for a bent tin and I can find no apprecibale difference.
  7. twc1313

    twc1313 Practice is the cure for GAS...or so I've heard. Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    So I'll keep the bridge for sure because either way it doesn't seem to do crap.

    The big argument now is

    qp with amp adjusting and eq'ing vs the MIM stock pick up

    Don't have money for an original '62 yet
  8. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    A classic P sound is...... stamped (stock) bridge, Maybe a Duncan SPB-1 or Fender AV 62P-up.
    Also......Funny thing about chromes, They aren't really a classic flat wound, to me they seem more modern sounding with less mids or maybe a bit of mid scoup.
  9. Swap the P-up back. I run a QP with flats and it's too bassey. I went back to rounds.
  10. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    I would forget the stock MIM pickup, if you still want P bass tone growl with rock kick throw in a Dimarzio Model P. I use one with Labella flats and it sounds great, roll off the tone and it's Motown time.
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would get rid of the QP regardless of what strings you use, but that's just me. Try it and see if you like it, if not sell it. I would replace it with a Fender 62 or Duncan SPB-1 instead of going back to the stocker.
  12. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    I love the QP. Love it. It just needed a slight EQ tweak and it's a P bass rockstar.


  13. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    The Fender original P pup with a mid heavy flat like a TI sounds pretty awesome if you are hunting for that particular sound.

    Having said that, I have two P basses, the other is setup with more balanced strings and pups for when I need something not so mid heavy
  14. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    The lower you keep the Quarter Pounder the more vintage it will sound.

    I never found the QP to be "scooped". It is hot though.
  15. Easy to overdo things, especially with magnets. My favorite P rock pickup is Fralin 5% overwound.
  16. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    My stock P pup is so nice sounding... it's a 2002 model though, not sure of the differences, if any?
  17. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    Forget about what you read and listen to your bass. I have a bass with quarter pounders and it kills.
  18. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    True dat.
    Original bridge, Fender AV or CS pups, and Fender or LaBella flats.
    But notes, articulation, and feel matter more than tone, imho. :eyebrow:
  19. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    Try the cheap Fender flats, the deliver way more organic mids than Chromes
  20. I also strongly disagree with removing the pickups. I have been using the QP exclusively on my P-bass and it has been ridiculously versatile, even with flats. Truth is that I prefer rotosound flats which are quite bright compared to others but I would suggest giving it go with them.

    If you are not happy with the results, here is something else you can try. Get a second pickguard and install the electronics on it and just swap the pickguard every time you feel like going back to the stock pickups. This way you won't have to solder every time.:hyper:

    Here is how the QP sounds with the roto flats on my bass:

    Some said this would not be bright enough, well just proven wrong...

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