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My choice of Pbass PU's - Good?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by paulygonemad, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. I am about to upgrade my MIM Fender Pbass. Badass will be the bridge, I am contemplating which pickup.

    After much research and listening to clips and such (thank all those on this site that posted such required info), I have decided on these pickups. Well, it does not have to be THESE from Amazon, but this brand.


    My buddy is doing the upgrade and would really like for me to choose an Alnico based pu. From all the clips I have heard, including the Fralin, I really dig the sound of the DiMarzio. I play with my fingers and am a big fan of Entwistle, if that helps. I really don't want any scoop, quite the opposite.

    Am I on the right track here? Very open to suggestions/comments. My P and I are very close and I would hate to put crap in it.
  2. wideyes


    May 9, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    I think you'll like it!
  3. thanks for the response.
    Seems I chose a ceramic. I need to research some more.
  4. wideyes


    May 9, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    Fralins are very good pups. A little 'edgy' for me, meaning they have a lot of upper mids and highs. If you want your sound to cut very well in the mix, they're a good choice, and with a good cap like the orange drop, you can roll them back and still have a very nice tone.

    I am curious as to why you decided Fralin over the DiMarzio. Was it just Alnico vs. Ceramic? Don't let magnet snobbery influence your decision - quality tones come from a GREAT variety of different pickups, using a GREAT variety of construction approaches. Many people prefer the tone of DiMarzio pickups over very boutique pups costing 2x as much or more.

    FWIW, my fave P pickup at the moment is the Nordstrand NP4. Can't say enough good things about it. For sound clips (recorded by my humble self):

    In a mix:

    The are with an MIJ Squier P with DR Sunbeams. First is wide open, second is with 50-60% tone rolloff.
  5. In my old MIM P I had those DiMarzios. They sounded good and I was definitely happy with them.
  6. gam29


    Jan 18, 2009
    do the dimarzio dp127. i just installed that in the bass in the ^photo...it's a damn beast
  7. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    I put the DP127 in a Washburn a few years ago and I was generally pleased with the results.

    If I were going to shop pickups right now I would mostly look at Delano and Norstrand. All of their pickups that I've tried have been outstanding. Fralins have an excellent reputation but I have no personal experience with them.
  8. hmm those Norstrands sound great.
    The Alnico vs Ceramic issue has to do with my playing style. A hot ceramic may not work for me because sometimes I like to attack fairly hard and those would distort out on me. I am still very sold on those Dimarzo's, they do sound very good. The guy doing the upgrade for me has been with me for a long time, so I tend to listen to him heh. He also likes the hot ceramics, just not for me. If that makes any sense.
    Thanks for the responses, I am still debating.
  9. sorry for the double post.
    wideyes, we have a winner with those Nordstrand NP4's. Thanks for your time, it was well spent. I am very glad I have you guys to turn to.
  10. wideyes


    May 9, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    Sweet! Glad I could be of assistance. I think Nord pickups are top tier - you can move laterally, but you can't do "better" than what they have to offer. I also think their NJ4 jazz pups are my favorite so far that I've heard. AND, Cary Nordstrand is a very standup guy, who is happy to discuss what you want from a pup and get creative when you want to.

    People say it often, but you really can't go wrong with Nords.

    Let us know how it goes, Pauly!

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