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MIM Fender P-Bass Special Questions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lowendrasta56, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. I just ordered a MIM Deluxe P-Bass Special, mostly because I missed the growl of a precision and I love the Mexican actives Fender puts out.

    Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Fender puts a little extra care into these basses due to their different electronics (whoa! almost said "upgraded electronics" but I got too much love for you passive boys:D)

    - I have a 2011 MIM Deluxe Active Jazz. I love the Noiseless pickups and I never thought much to upgrade them...

    - However with this new bass I really fought myself on not picking up a bass with a single humbucker due to past issues with my EBMM basses not being versatile enough.

    - I'm looking for tonal versatility. What, if any, are my best options to replace the J pickup on my new active P-Bass with a stacked humbucker? I've heard the stacked humbucker blends much better with the P pickup than the Noiseless J pickup, is this true?

    - Are there any replacement active Precision pickups that bring more of a vintage sound with them?

    I'm thinking if I make the right pickup selection and add a Hipshot bridge, I could give a lot of MIA Active P-Basses a run for their money. Please correct me if I'm wrong :)

    Thanks in advance:bassist:
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    you have a stacked J pickup in the Noiseless J; a dimarzio area or ultra J would be a louder, more authentic choice that still hum-canceled.

    also, the vintage threaded-rod bridge rocks, it's one of the best things about that bass; real steel saddles for clear tone, and you can get the string spacing just right between the pickup magnets.

    you don't need an "active" P pickup, the EQ preamp makes the whole bass active. it has a decent vintage-style P pickup already.
  3. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I pretty much agree with Walter - I have an '06 MIM Deluxe P Bass Special, FWIW... IMO, the stock pups work really well with the preamp, and offer plenty of tonal versatility besides sounding great... Regarding the bridge - I changed mine out for a BAII, only to find that the BAII made it brighter, with less midrange character - I changed it back to the original "vintage style" threaded saddle bridge, and it's going to stay that way...

    I suggest you try it out thoroughly before deciding to change anything - and maybe with a few different string sets... Mine is currently wearing D'Addario EXL160s, and they're working out quite nicely...

  4. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    The MIM Deluxe P Special is on my short list of future purchases. I think they sound terrific stock and plenty of versatility. Definitely enjoy it for a while before investing in any upgrades. I just wish they had better colors to choose from.
  5. Revvv


    Oct 31, 2007
    I run my P Bass Special bone stock. I really enjoy the tone from the factory.

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