Recently I've recorded a few samples of the split pickups I currently have trying to keep everything but the pickup as close as possible, just to highlight the difference (almost) purely due to the magnets. I used a Classic 50s precision, tone and volume full on, same strings, pickups as close as possible to the same height and recorded within minutes from one another, literally solder the wires -> record -> change -> record and so on. The main differences lie on the pickups and my fingers - being human. The three pickups are: 1) Fender stock pickups for Classic 50s series - the same found on pre-2012 Am. Standard basses 2) Duncan SPB-1 3) Alexander Pribora, P. Bass Traditional (scatter wound) I'm also posting this since A. Pribora is a small-scale producer based in Moscow, Russia, who is starting to gain a good reputation for his Strat and Tele hand wound replacements which he sells for a steal on eBay and his website, but is still relatively quite unknown and IMO deserves some credit. All pickups are made with Alnico V magnets and lean towards vintage specs, so differences are not as stark as over wound/ceramics/active and so on. The SPB-1 is of all the only one using plain enamel wire and has to my ears a smoother tone with a narrower range on the highs and lows. Pribora uses formvar and scatter wounds, and his pickup has a great clarity and definition on a broader range, still maintaining a good degree of warmth. On paper his specs are very similar to boutique builders like Fralin, and those are the sonic qualities people usually use to describe them, warm yet very defined and not shy in the mid-highs. Personally, I've never tried Fralin pickups so I can't confirm or say any further. I'd like to know your opinions based on the samples, keeping in mind that (at least in my experience) the differences become more apparent at louder "real" practice/stage volumes: This is the same clip virtually re-amped with Amplitube's Ampeg SVT CL + 8x10 model and some compression afterwards: I hope this is useful.