Fender American Performer P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NYBassMan, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. NYBassMan


    Oct 19, 2003
    Levittown, NY
    So for my 40th this month, my wife decided to buy me a bass. She settled on the Fender American Performer P Bass in Lake Placid Blue. I told her I wanted something with a P/J pickup configuration. I have heard only good things about these basses. I was thinking of swapping out the pickups to the Aguilar P/J set. I like the tone that Scott from SBL gets from his F bass in passive mode with them. Not sure if this should be my baseline for tone. Any recommendations for a good set that are more modern in the passive arena as I don't believe there is enough room in the cavity for an active preamp and battery? Thank you in advance.

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  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I have the "penny" color of that exact same bass, and I swapped out the p/u's with Aguilars. I am VERY happy with the result. A tad more modern and polished, but not sterile at all. I'd highly recommend it!
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  3. SB300


    Apr 4, 2015
    I picked up the burst a couple of years back. I did not see a need to change the pups. Certainly you should give them a try for a fair period.
  4. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    If you're trying capture the tone of that F bass, you're gonna have a bad time. Methinks there's a lot more going on there than pickups.
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  5. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    I love my Yosemite pickups....I have not found anything I think sounds better..

    Even the Yosemite jazz pickup is a great match with my EMG Geezer P pickup in another bass
  6. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Hey @NYBassMan, I’m from Smithtown here (despite the name).

    I played one at the GC in Commack a while ago, it sounded pretty darn good. I have the Aguilar set in my Mustang PJ and they are very nice. I’d recommend getting the bass and playing it for a bit to get an idea of where you want to go (or at all, the stock pickups aren’t bad) before you make any decisions. It’s all flavor preference, and you’ll get many different recommendations that are all different in sound from each other.
    In my 5 string PJ, I have Nordstrands, with a NP5 and Big J Blade. I really like that setup, the P has a lot of mid complexity and upper mid brightness without being harsh, and the J is very punchy and thick in the low mids. It’s a unique setup because the pickups are voiced opposite of what the positions traditionally bring to the table. If you want strong low mids and punch, the full blade PJ set would be great. If you want a more aggressive sound, the Dimarzio Model P and J would be great. Lots of options.

    Good luck and happy birthday!
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  7. NYBassMan


    Oct 19, 2003
    Levittown, NY
    Sorry for the late replies. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I am going to keep it stock for now.
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  8. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Mine has been stock since purchase...
    But I have two other basses with Yosemite Precision pickups and one thing you could do, that some like..
    is remove the Greasebucket and replace with a traditional tone pot with .47 Orange Drop cap

    I like both