Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GreaserMatt, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Scored a japan p bass body on the cheap; just wondering of anyone recognizes these pickups? Thanks in advance,,,

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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  3. Depending on the age and manufacturer, some type of DiMarzio copies were fairly common with the Japanese factories.
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  4. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I think Dimarzio were the OEM for those pickups. I had the same pickups in a Westone Thunder bass. In theory they are just Model P pickups, though I found that mine were unpotted and pretty microphonic.

    Dimarzio made pickups for the Japanese builders for a while; things like a Super Distortion without the 4-wire hookup (technically more like a Super 2, but with slugs instead of hex poles), which show up in Hondo guitars.

    Japan being Japan, I wouldn't be surprised if the Dimarzio designs were all cloned at some point. A lot of those Matsumoku instruments have cream pickups!
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  5. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    Could be an Ibanez Super P4.
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  6. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    DiMarzio did OEM pickups for Matosmoku guitars, so at least some Aria Pro II and Westone guitars and basses have them. The allen (hex screw) polepieces are one identifier, as are "double cream" pickup bobbins, which are in fact a registered trademark for DiMarzio.
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  7. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Dimarzio model P's (what those look like from the top) have different magnets - ceramic magnets that go all the way to the edges of the flatwork. Those, if they're Dimarzio's, are an OEM version that wasn't offered to the public. I suspect they're someone else's copies.
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  8. jbrew73


    Dec 24, 2006
    Not standard DiMarzio pickups. Like mentioned above could be DiMarzio oem but likely copies.
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  9. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Didn't Schaller make pickups that looked a lot like DiMarzios from the top as well?
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