Lindy Fralin P bass pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Axtman, Apr 23, 2024.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I recently bought a used Fender Precision bass. I thought it had original pickups but when I removed the pickguard there was a Lindy Fralin sticker.

    What do you think about Lindy Fralin P bass pickups?
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  2. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Upgrade in my opinion/preference. Like the old school sound but more.
    Last P I bought (2020 MiA) has +5% Fralin. Would buy again. 2 basses and 2 guitars I own have Lindys.
    There’s no best, just preference.
  3. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    I think they sound great. The Fralin +5% is my preferred flavor as well.
  4. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Mine sound superb! Thick, evenly balanced across all the strings. A+++
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  5. Coughdrops

    Coughdrops Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Florida
    I had one like 20 years ago in a lakland and was underwhelmed at the time. I'm not sure what it was I didn't like then but I recently put one in a bass and I love it. Only been playing it with flats and would like to try it with rounds again. But yeah, great pickup. Very popular on here over the years for good reason.
  6. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    What do YOU think about em? Havent tried them but lots of folks here on TB love em. I haven’t seen a fralin pickup (or lollar for that matter) classified ad last for more than 24 hours on here. Hell sometimes they don’t last 24 minutes.
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  7. J Wilson

    J Wilson Supporting Member

    Most would consider this an upgrade. Lindy Fralin seems to have nailed that part of the market that wants 'better' Fender pickups without going to far afield. Terrific company to deal with as well.

    Don't know how they sound to your ears, but they are a desirable upgrade for many.
  8. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I think that they sound good but soft.
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    There’s no best.

    If I modified a bass I would disclose or ideally return it to stock before selling it.

    Also, pics. Them’s the rules.
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  10. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Lindy Fralin is one of the foremost authority on pickups in the world.
    His pickups are superior to most Fender pickups.
    Ultimately what matters is what you like.
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  11. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
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  12. rickdog

    rickdog Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    No experience with his P pickups, but my Fralin rewound Jazz pickups are magic! So I think you got lucky.
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  13. That's an upgrade without a doubt.
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  14. LowendG


    Jul 30, 2013
    I put Lindy standard-wind pickups in every Pbass I buy. Best you can get IMHO. Currently I have an early USA Lakland with them - probably a $3k+ bass at this point - and a humble MIM I put them in. In a mix, they both sound equally great.
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  15. I’m planning on putting a standard-wind Fralin P pickup in my next Pbass. I currently have a Split Jazz set from them in my Jazz and they’re awesome.
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  16. andare


    Oct 4, 2016
    What do YOU think? If you thought they were Fender pickups, does it mean they sound like any other P pickup?
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  17. kevmoga


    Jan 25, 2010
    The pickups in my mid-70s P bass died about 10 years ago. A buddy had an extra LF +5% sitting around, so I put those in until I could get the originals rewound. The LFs are still in there and won’t be going anywhere - big improvement over the originals.
  18. Got a split coil in one P and a single in another.

    Dig them both.
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  19. _Tay_


    Dec 12, 2022
    South Yorkshire, UK
    Really like the +5% in my Jag bass.
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  20. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Me & Ma P Supporting Member

    I currently have 3… & have had a few others in basses I’ve sold, etc… LOVE them (obviously :thumbsup:)

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