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Help with choosing a new p bass pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jessicabass, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    I recently recieved a new peavey milestone in ivory that was given to me by my brother as he couldnt stand it.
    I put on some flats and replaced the nut and gave it a setup, I am very much enjoying the thin neck and the perfect balance of the bass.
    Problem is the pickups are just awful, i have some pots and wires laying around but need to get a pickup for it.
    Looking for some suggestions, dont want to spend big money on it.
    Flats with a pick
    Grunge/ General Rock/ Alternative style of music
    Looking for something that is beefy on all strings but not boomy
    Something that will give me soft or subdued highs without harshness
    Thick tone without too much breakup to it
    Not too much in the hi mids either but nothing that makes it scooped either
    Thick, creamy, and punchy
  2. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004
  3. NeroJazz


    May 2, 2011
    The pickups from the Fender Classic '50s Precision are really good and can usually be found dirt cheap here on TB.
    DannyBob likes this.
  4. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    EMG Geezer Butler.
  5. mattpbass


    May 8, 2011
    SD spb1 or the SD antiquity 60,s , both great , sound very similar
  6. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    JimmyM told me of these as well.
    My understanding its emg but passive right?
    The install kit kind of worries me, lots of parts vs typical 3 wire install.
  7. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Yep, it's passive. It's also extremely easy to install. I also wasn't sure about it when I first did the install, but I've done 2 of them now, and I think it's a very good system.

    The pickup sounds amazing, too. Every time I play my Geezer'd basses, I'm stunned by how good they sound.
  8. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004
    Jessica, here is a youtube how to video. Looks like you replace all the pots and everything is plug n play similar to this except it would be passive and not active like in the video which would require power for the active.
    jessicabass likes this.
  9. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
    MTD basses endorsed artist Bartolini pickups emerging artist TECAMP bass players gear endorsed
    I'm all about the Bartolini stuff......super versatile and reliable. they give a really accurate description of each Pickup so it's easy to choose.
  10. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    G&L MFD
  11. Bassman822


    Sep 1, 2007
    Bessemer, AL
    Bill Lawrence (Wilde pickups) p46!!!
    chuck norriss and OEW3 like this.
  12. RedHotFuzz


    Mar 16, 2014
    The Geezers are dead simple to install. Look at the diagram, plug in the correct connectors. No soldering, no hassles. I'm new to bass and to bass building but I just built a Warmoth and had zero problems with the Geezers. Really idiot-proof.
  13. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    MJC Ironworks
    I use a Bartolini, but I am having another Precision custom built and am trying the Lollar
  14. Granddesign

    Granddesign Supporting Member

    May 10, 2011
    Endorsing Artist: Malekko Pedals
    Just put some Geezer EMGs in my Lakland today no solder super easy install. Took about 20 minutes at the most. And the sound is awesome.
  15. el_cody_loco


    Feb 13, 2013
    Can't go wrong with a Duncan SPB-1 or the SPB-2. Both are great, one's just hotter than the other. Decide if you want more gain from your amp or the pickup, and choose the right pickup, and go nuts :D
  16. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Going to go with the emg.
    Thank you all for the links and help.
    harleyman888 likes this.
  17. Dogghouse


    Jan 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara
    Bass Guy @ Seymour Duncan
    Based on your super detailed criteria, I think the SPB-4 Steve Harris fits your expectations.
    Gluvhand and LoveThatBass like this.
  18. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I have a Aguilar in one of my P's And a Lollar in the other both are AMAZING!
  19. spellcaster


    Mar 20, 2007
    Let us know what you think about the Geezers. I've been considering trying some new pickups in my P-bass and the EMGs and Lindy Fralins are on the top of my list. Thanks!
    jessicabass likes this.
  20. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Rio Grande, Muy Grandes. I cannot recommend these pickups highly enough

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