Favorite p-bass pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Imabassplayr, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Imabassplayr

    Imabassplayr Guest

    Aug 5, 2001
    hi, right now i'm thinking of converting the pickup on my cruise bass (bleh). Whats your favorite? how does it sound?
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    The Di-Marzio Model P. lotsa mids.
  3. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I like the Seymour Duncan SPB-2 a lot. However, I'm going to try EMG's in my P soon, I'll post my thoughts when I get everything hooked up. And, like Andy Daventry says, the stock Am. Std. pickup is pretty good.
  4. gweimer

    gweimer Guest

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I've used the Bartolini 8S on a couple of basses. It turned my '64 Precision into a monster.
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Ive got a SD Alley Kat in my MIM P that I like,but my favorite would be the stock pickup in my MIA P.
  6. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    'K, I've got the EMG in now. It sounds really, really good. I got it off E-bay for cheap with no controls, so I went to the local EMG distributor, and they had pre-wired vol./tone pots in stock. Cool, huh? I had to make a battery holder, as I can't fit a 9v. battery without routing, but I found a little 12v. battery at Home Depot that fit just fine. It sounds like the Am. Std. pickup I took out, except with more highs and lows, if that makes any sense.
  7. MJB

    MJB Guest

    Mar 17, 2000
    I feel no desire or need to replace my stock MIA pup, YMMV.
  8. Old Blue

    Old Blue Guest

    Mar 18, 2000
    Bartolini 8S - very nice!
  9. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Another vote for the stock MIA pickup...

  10. Matthew West

    Matthew West Guest

    Sep 7, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    I have a Bartolini 8S in my bass too. Great pickup.
  11. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    I have a SD quarter pounder and it sounds very... how can I describle this? very chunky and punchy and loud. The exact opposite of smooth and growly. I really like the tone Im getting with the lows and low mids at 12 o clock and the hi mids rolled back a little and the highs boosted a little. It sounds really cool, but It may or may not be the sound youre looking for.

    It does look very cool though. It has frickin' giant poles on it!


    For an example of how this sounds, check out the new blink album. (which I hate) The bass on this CD sounds very quarter pound-ish. The stereotypical tone for this pup.
  12. jrock111

    jrock111 Guest

    Oct 10, 2000
    Another vote for the Bartolini 8S.
    Seymour Duncan 1/4 pounders are a good choice too.
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    DiMarzio Split-P/DP127 with dual blade polepieces (no drop-outs :) ).

    Ceramic like their Model P/DP122. Lower mids (5/10 vs 7/10) than
    the Model P. Higher bass (8/10 vs 7/10) and higher output (250mV
    vs 163mV) than the DP122. The Split P has a little edge on treble -
    6/10 vs 5/10.

    The Split P's great for fretless' (subtle dynamics). I would think the
    Model P's good for cuttin' through the mix. PollyB?

    ~$60 and $70 at M/F (`122 & `127, resp.)
  14. Stock MIA for me.
  15. SD Antiquities.
  16. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    whoops... I forgot to mention that the Duncan Quarter Pound for P Bass pups cost about $60. just to give you an idea. :D
  17. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    I'm with lo-end. I just picked up a set of SD Quarter Pounders for $60 and put them in my FrankenBass, (MIM Jazz Neck, Squire P-body). They are very hot output-wise. You can get some great tones rolling back the tone control! I am probably going to add an active EMG tone circuit shortly.
  18. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've had the EMG in for a little while now, and it looks like it's staying. My Precision still sounds like a Precision, only moreso. The EMG potentiometers are very nice - smooth and quiet. Having tried the SPB-3, SPB-2, Antiquities, Am. Std. pickup, and the EMG all in the same bass, I'm really impressed with the EMG. I've heard some talk about EMG's being cold and sterile, but that doesn't apply here. This bass is warm, deep, and thumpy, plus there're a lot more highs available if you want them, and I find the sound less harsh than the SPB-3.

    There's nothing "wrong" with the other choices, but so far, this is the best I've tried, at least for the sound I'm looking for.
  19. Tom G

    Tom G Guest

    Jul 17, 2000
    Just replaced an old Dimarzio with a Fender 62 RI pickup on a 75 PBass. Sounds really smooth, much better than the D, very clear and punchy. Had a Duncan SPB-1 that was DOA brand new, sent it back. Will need some time to work out with the Fender, but it surely is a keeper!
  20. am I the only one to like the EMG Select P (passive) pickup?
    got them in my Fender Precision Plus (with an EMG Select J at the bridge) and my Warmoth parts P bass (with a Kent Armstrong JJ at the bridge); ceramic magnet, covered (blade) polepieces (exposed polepieces catch on my fingers and tend to rust) - cutting tone. and no battery to change.

    I keep getting asked if they're active basses.
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