Dimarzio Model P---What else?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Chalky White, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. I am going through somewhat of a change with my p bass...changing strings based on a fellow TB'ers advice to Roto Nickels-really like 'em.......

    Now I want to get a little more grind without resorting to a pedal. I have read a lot about the Model P but after listening to several clips I'm wondering if there are other options.

    For overdriven P-Bass tones, what else is there besides the Model P?

  2. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    personally, I prefer the DiMarzio Will Power Middle. it's like the Model P, but a bit more bite and some more mids.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    If you feel adventurous, you could try the Lace Aluma P.
    It has a very clear, incisive tone that keeps definition while overdriven.
  4. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I have Duncan Quarter-Pounders in my bass and I love them.
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Dimarzio P is pretty good. Ive used them before. But for more grind and crunch the emg's do better job imo. Including their newer version passive P.
  6. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
  7. I heard a clip of a David Allen pickup that was pretty impressive......More like "wow"......I think I'm going to give that one a whirl............
  8. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    These: SD 1/4 pounders + Dimarzio Split P's

  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You can use any pickup for overdriven tones but I do like the Model P for them. It's not overdriven in and of itself, neither are the vast majority of pickups, but it's got a tonal profile that goes well with distortion...rolled off highs, accentuated mids, higher output.
  10. You gotta listen to the Adam "Nolly" Getgood video on Youtube featuring the Bare Knuckle '58 Split P-Bass pickup. You can hear it played with some heavy distortion and it really rocks !
  11. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I used to have a broken volume pot that would overdrive when turned up more than 3/4ths of the way, but it also cut out any frequencies above 1k.
  12. Remus_Redbone


    Dec 27, 2010
    Western AR
    Whatever Steve Harris with Iron Maiden uses seems would be good, but I don't know what that is without doing a search or two. He also uses heavy flatwound strings that may have as much to do with his tone as his PUP.

    So, I looked; Steve Harris P bass has a Seymour Duncan® Basslines SPB-1 split-coil Precision Bass pickup.
  13. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    Harris actually now uses the new SD SPB-4
  14. Thank you so much for the replies everyone!!

    Tomorrow I am going to Blackbird guitars in NH to have my P set up with a David Allen pickup and some Roto-Swing Nickels.

    There was a cool video on David's site with a P-Bass similar to mine.....loved the tone and I suspect it will be quite "grindy" when played with a pick.

    Thanks again---I will do a follow up here in a couple of weeks....CW
  15. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    So how'd you like it?
  16. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    Lawrence p-46 is a very good,i have a david allen and a Delano I want to try out when I get the chane to install them.
  17. George Mann

    George Mann Inactive

    May 27, 2012
    If you want to stay in the DiMarzio family, then perhaps the Split-P is what you are looking for.