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My New P-Bass! Pickup Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by faulknersj, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. jhm2112


    Apr 27, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I have one of those basses and I wouldn’t change a thing on it. I like the baseball bat neck on it and that it has sustain for days. Congrats on the new bass!
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  2. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    i like that pickguard. homemade?
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  3. BK bassist

    BK bassist "Apollo's Ghost" Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Seymour Duncan 1/4 Lb’ers .... IMO ... best P pickups ever made.
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  4. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    I think the poster was talking about the Alembic p/u in the photo.

    You can get the pickguard here: P Bass Style Pickguards - ertmermusic
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  5. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    When I bought my Player P, I also ordered an EMG Geezer P pickup, thinking I'd want/need to swap the stock one out. Got the bass, gigged it, and found that the stock alnico pickup sounded great. Sent back the EMG unopened. YMMV.

    One thing I will say is mess around with the tone knob. It is more useful than you might think, and I prefer the sound *not* wide open, but typically vary between 50-75% between tunes.
  6. Sounds good to these ears and makes me want a P-bass. Like others said it might be a good idea to experiment with different strings and playing techniques before replacing pickups. I personally would take time to get used to the instrument before making any major mods.
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  7. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    Wouldn't change a thing.
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  8. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Don'y modify it for at least a year. Play that thing!
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  9. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    And changing strings will have a much bigger effect on sound than a pickup change ever will.
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  10. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I say swap pickups until you’re blue in the face. It’s a fun and totally reversible process that won’t negatively impact your particular instrument unless you’re careless with a soldering iron. I wouldn’t know what my preferences are if I didn’t do the same thing and now almost consider it a given that if I get a Fender, the electronics will eventually be experimented on if not completely swapped out at some point. Plus, there’s the added benefit of sharing your findings on your channel.
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  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Flats for my P basses. The best P Bass pup switch for me was Duncan antiquity pups. They gave me the best old school tone.
  12. MordBass


    Nov 1, 2017
    The majority of these responses are what i dislike about this site. If somebody doesnt "get it" or doesnt agree.... just move along. Its absurd that the first half dozen or so replies are non-replies that are wasting time and taking up space.
    OP.... I get it... you want to mod the bass... you love bass.... you like gear.... its totally understandable. For what youre describing... Id be looking at a fender 62' or one of the lindy fralin offerings. Sweet bass.. enjoy it.
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  13. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Great sound samples and playing! Thank you for that.
    Given the specimen, I wouldn’t change the pickups. They have a really nice tone and range of adjustment and I’m guessing they aren’t giving you any problems. For me, the only way I’m replacing pickups is if they are flawed in some way. Again, to me they sound great. Also, anymore I’m of the mindset that when I pay $500+ it’s because I like the sound and playability. Above that price about the only thing I’m willing to overlook are minor adjustments for feel and playability. Otherwise, I’ll just buy something that fits the bill in the end.
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  14. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    You are the one missing the point. Faulknersj said in his first post that he liked the bass but wanted to know if new pickups might make it better. Therefore, it is perfectly valid for posters to tell him no, it sounds great as is, and new pickups won't make it better.
  15. MordBass


    Nov 1, 2017
    Found one
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  16. aprod


    Mar 11, 2008
    That is the P bass sound. No need to swap pickups.
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  17. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Leave it alone.
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  18. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Keep pickups stock. Try labella LTF4A (top load it )along with .068 cap if you prefer roll off tone knob deep warmth tone.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019
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  19. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Here's a quote about the VMOD pups from my review.
    NBD: Fender American Profesional Precision
  20. bumperbass

    bumperbass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    All you need to do is, buy every pickup on the market, install them all, then pick one and send the others back for a refund.
    Seriously, just play it the way it is.
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