fender squier 5 string percision bass Pickups question???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by terrelli721, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. terrelli721


    Mar 19, 2006
    Hello everyone. I have a question. I got a fender squier 5 string percision bass on ebay which was sold to me as a 20th anniversary edition. I was planning on modifying it with some bartolini pickups and a leo quan V bridge. The action on the bass is great and I think it will be an awesome sounding bass after the mods. The problem is, I called Bartolini and gave them the size and width of the pickups currently on the bass and was told that they are the 4 string pickups. Tom told me that he didn't have the short version of the pickups for a five string bass. I was curious if anyone else has had this problem and came up with a solution. I really like bartolini pickups, but would be willing to try out some others as well. Tom also stated that a luthier would have to do a lot of work to get the bass the way I wanted it. Any help will be appreciated.
  2. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    can you post an image and also provide accurate dimensions?

    in all my experience with P5 pickups they fit into the same route as a P4 set

    all the best,

  3. terrelli721


    Mar 19, 2006
    I don't have a cam for a pic, but the pickups length are 3 9/16 or 3 10/16, the width comes in at 3/4 inch. The bass has 3/4 inch or 19mm string spacing, and when I talked with Tom at Bartolini he said that they were 4 string pickups. Thanks, hope this helps some.
  4. I think the 4 string p-ups would probly be fine. I think they have bar magnets in 'em so no pole pieces anyway. AFAIK.
  5. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Bartolini list each half of the P bass pickup as: 1.08 in X 2.20 in (28 mm X 56 mm

    Are you measuring both of them together? Or are these really non standard size P pickups?

    Are you talking about a Jazz Bass? I don't even see a Squire 5 string P bass listed on their site.
  6. the squire "P-bass" has jazz style pups - straight line, not like a standard split p-pickup.
    why the H*** they call it a Pbass I dont know...
  7. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Oh.. is it a P bass body?

    Well then.... the original poster wants Jazz pickups.
  8. Troutdog


    Sep 29, 2000
    Houston, Texas
    I recently modded my Squier 5-string P with a new custom tort pickguard and Seymour Duncan QP jazz 5 pickups. They were also wider than the 4-string stock pickups so I got a rotary Dremmel tool and chisel and widened the two pickup cavities myself and dropped them in.

    The pickguard was custom-ordered so I had it specially made to fit the dimensions of the SD neck pickup. Since the pickguard hides where I manually widened the neck pickup cavity, it looks professional and fits perfectly.

    The bridge pickup looks good from a distance, but upon close inspection you can see where I didn't perfectly widen the cavity all nice and straight, but the pickup fits in there and it plays loud and clear like it should. I don't care that much about looks, however, because its a bass I bought for about $200 some 5 years ago and I was more interested in improving the sound quality, which I have done tremendously.

    I also upgraded the pots and copper shielded the cavities while I was at it. Now it sounds great and doesn't buzz at all. Its a hell of a bass, really, and I'm quite pleased with the results.

    I would show you pics but I don't have a camera.
  9. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    you can get any size pickup template at Best Bass Gear for any size pickups on the market to re-rout your bass.

    I had the same problem, but with the Squier Active Jazz V. It came with 5 string pickups, but they were an odd size.

    Did a quick layout, & a quick re-rout, & now it's got a fresh set of Nordstrand Big Singles.

    ( don't hack your bass with a dremmel,, use the proper tool for the job ) :smug:
  10. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    How did that work out for you? How's the sound? Did you replace the pre as well, or bypass it, or what? And remember- no pics, no bass! ;)
  11. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    it sounds great,, i replaced the active unit with 250k CTS pots & orange drop cap, VVT, shielded all the cavities, star grounded everything, & totally loved the outcome.

    i may be able to post some pics later :)
  12. terrelli721


    Mar 19, 2006
    thanks for all the info. I was hoping to add bartolini soapbars, and was wondering if anyone know the make and model I should use. I don't have a preference from a sound perspective, Thanks.
  13. utku


    Nov 11, 2015
  14. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    Check the dimensions of the Dimarzio Area J 5 string set.

    I think they are same width as some 4 string bridge pickups (3.735")

    I had a set installed in a used Yamaha BBN5, no mods required.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015
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  15. utku


    Nov 11, 2015
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