Japanese p bass pickup w/ bar magnet?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tgb, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Tgb


    Oct 6, 2014
    I recently bought a '93 MIM P bass. The previous owner said he had installed a Japanese Fender pickup in it. When I removed the pickups to do some work to the bass, I noticed that the pickups had a bar magnet across the bottom rather than the usual magnetized pole rods. I've never seen a P bass pickup like this. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
  2. Yes, it utilizes a ceramic bar magnet. My MIM did also.
  3. Tgb


    Oct 6, 2014
    Are you saying that the Japanese pickups were made like that or the mim's?
  4. I am saying the bar magnet pickup on your Japanese model and the bar magnet pickup on my MIM are both ceramic magnet bar magnet pickups.Alnico pickups do need to have a bar magnet under them. The coils are wrapped around the alnico magnet poles
  5. Tgb


    Oct 6, 2014
    OK, we're misunderstanding each other. My question is, What pick up does my bass have? Does the ceramic magnet rule out Japanese?
  6. Sorry for the miss understanding, I have no other answer for you.
  7. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    There are Japanese ceramic bar magnet and alnico rod P pickups other than Fender for sure!

    I would try to find pics and specs on Japan Fender P basses but i am 99% positive that Fender did use at least some ceramic bar magnets in Japan basses.

    I would measure the resistance and compare that to any Fender Japan specs you can find.....other than that, compare overall construction closely.
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  8. I'm no fender expert, but I'm pretty sure the early Japanese fenders from the 80's all had ceramic magnets. The strats certainly did.
  9. BaticaBG


    Nov 21, 2014
    North Israel
    renegades of funk
    I have recently made pickup replacement on my 1987 MIK Squier P bass bullet, and also found that original pickups have magnet bar piece beneath the pickups, DC resistance somewhere around 16,5 Kohms, actualy switched them with Seymour Duncans SPB-1 but lately find out that they also sound very nice so I have put them back