Dual little single coil on a 51/54 style p bass ?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by hugebob, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. hugebob

    hugebob Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    I was thinking about doing a bass projet with a 51/54 style p bass body and i wanted to put two little single coil pickups posotioned like two jazz bass single coil.

    I was wondering if it was really a good idea, is it gonna sound good? Because i havent seen pictures of any custom bass with a similar setting and warmoth doesnot Offers the possibility of two little single coil. Why? And will it be good sounding ? Is there a reason why its not offered or made yet?
  2. jumbodbassman


    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    Actually warmoth made mine for an extra charge. Sounds very nice. Tho not usually a fan, on this bass the qtr pounders work well. great rock bass. because not RW they do hum a little like my 2 lipstick pu Danos. QTR pounders also made the string spacing a non issue on the bridge pup.


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  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    could be interesting, but a regular "little single coil" vintage precision pickup is gonna be too short for the bridge position; the magnets won't line up with the spread-out strings down there, and these are very sensitive to magnet placement and distance under the string.

    (edit: he said after jumbo's pictures; the big QP magnets do indeed give you more room.)
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  4. They are called "single coil p bass" pickups. Make sure you get a set that is RWRP.
  5. hugebob

    hugebob Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    Alright! Im glad to know it is possible, and that it works good! :)
  6. jumbodbassman


    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    does someone make such a pup or is it a custom order???

  7. I've never seen any mass produced sets, because people typically only use SCPB pickups on Tele basses.

    However, any pickup winder that does SCPB pickups can wind you a set. You'll probably want the bridge done a little hotter, too, so the outputs will match.
  8. EBR

    EBR Commercial User

    Jul 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    Ashdown, Moollon, and Fishman artist
    I played one like that. Fantastic!!!! Do it

  9. BBQV


    Feb 13, 2010
    Uppsala, Sweden

    I built a Dusty Hill copy with dual SCPB pickups. They’re wired in series with independent volume controls.
    With one pickup full on it sounds like the original, with both it’s a whole other animal! A very angry animal...

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  10. James Collins

    James Collins Guest

    Mar 25, 2017
    In case other people wonder, RWRP means Reverse Wound and Reverse Polar. Reverse wound might also be called out of phase.

    The two jazz pickups are normally wound in opposite direction with the magnets pointing in opposite directions. This lets the two pickups add the playing signal when blended but cancels out the background noise pickups will produce. If the pickups are in phase and the same polarity, they will still blend, but won't cancel out the background noise.
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