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Humbuckers on a pbass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TheFenderBender, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. TheFenderBender


    Jun 27, 2012
    I've seen them on a couple of basses, most notably the bassist for twisted sister, but you can hardly hear him half the time, so I dont really know much about it. Anyone with experience playing or owning a bass like this want to give some input?
  2. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I think the twisted sister bass you're referring to is a G&L.
    As a G&L player, I can say that the humbucker in the precision pickup or middle position is probably my favorite setup. Provided it's the right humbucker... they can vary dramatically from brand to brand and model to model. In the case of G&L basses, they use MFD humbuckers which are fantastic in every way IMO.
  3. TheFenderBender


    Jun 27, 2012
    Thanks, I call every paired pup a humbucker, habit I guess as everyone else in my family plays guitar. Thanks for the feedback, too.
  4. Most P basses have humbuckers, except the early ones with single coil pickups. What sort of humbucker are you referring to?
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Ya the split p pickup IS a humbucker!!!


    This kind of pickup is a single coil ...

  6. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    The soapbar pickup humbucker sounds good in a p bass. I played a peavey palaedium which was based upon Jeff Berlin's p bass. I really liked it for the punch, but it did not sound as good as the regular split humbucker IMO...Jeff Berlin made that setup sound good though.
  7. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Humbucker often refers to the Gibson style pickups, where there are two single coil pickups
    spanning all 4 strings, and wired reverse wound, reverse polarity, and combined into a single
    The standard P bass pickup senses the strings like a single coil, as each string only sees one
    of the coils. With a Gibson style humbucker, each string sees two coils.