For a Fender Mex P Bass which would be the best pickup replacement?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by vengachavales, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. vengachavales


    Mar 16, 2010
    I recently adquire a Fender mexico P Bass and i wonder which pickup could be the best replacement of choice to retain the classic pbass tone, but improved ,seymour, emg, or passive, i have Jazz Basses but this is another animal, hence the question
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Seymour Duncan SPB-1
  3. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Arcane Experience 65 or Lollar P bass pickup for a 60's classic tone.
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  4. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Lindy Fralins
  5. +1 to Lindys
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  6. An SPB-1 or the Steve Harris signature SPB-4. The SPB-4 is a bit hotter and more aggressive sounding, but still sounds a lot more vintage than some others I've heard.

    Alternatively, from EMG, the GZR P pickup, similar to the SPB-4.
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  7. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Lindy Fralin P standard wound.
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  8. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    Fender Pure Vintage 63 is a great pickup as well and it's not very expensive either.
  9. jmon


    Jan 27, 2002
    Jax Fl.
    Fender Custom shop 60s are great. I have a set in my American Standard. I recently dropped some Fralins in my P Deluxe and wow they sound great. Put on some good headphones and jump on YouTube. Piles and piles of demos.
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  10. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise

    Dec 10, 2019
    I was super happy with the stock pickup on my 2002 MIM.

    I have Duncan’s (quarter pounder) and Dimarzio’s (dp122) in other basses, they can be hotter but not necessarily better.

    has no one said Geezer yet?
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  11. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    I bought a p bass from fellow TB member @XRYDER and he'd installed a Schuyler Dean custom pickup in there. Sounds like a dream.
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  12. Aqualung60


    Jun 19, 2013
    New Jersey
    Aguilar AG4P-60.
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  13. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    EMG gzr p, is my go to
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  14. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    fralin, lollar

    i like dimarzio, duncan, etc but the fralins and lollars really have vintage mojo.
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  15. No incorrect answer. No correct answer. All choices are valid. I’ve decided a while back that a Precision pickup is not that complicated and most sound pretty decent. What ever sounds good to you. Possibly including the stock pickup as noted.
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  16. onestone


    Jan 18, 2013
    For my recent p bass parts project i chose Seymour Duncans Antiquity 2. Great sounding pups IMO. Just choose a pickup that delivers the sound you're after and you'll be fine. Here's a yt-comparison for example:
  17. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I'm extremely happy with the pickup that came in my 1000 MIM P bass
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  18. I’ve got a few pBasses, all with different brands of pickups. The one with the Fralin is the most old-school and my favourite. My MIM 50’s P has an SD Antiquity II - a pickup I got cheap and has nice retro thump. The one pbass I have with the SD QP is the most aggressive sounding, great for a 70s punk sound. Depends on what sounds you want and what your budget is.
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  19. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    Mine is a 96'. The white one currently in my avatar. I replaced them with Fender Originals from Amazon for $ 63.00. Very pleased.
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  20. Seymour Duncan SPB-3 with flats (TI)
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