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Need a high output p pickup that is quiet

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bobdabilder, Jun 9, 2020.


  1. Thanks in advance for looking. Need to pick some brains: I usually play a lakland 5502, but pickup up a 4 string p for a couple of songs we do. Totally passive. I need a really high output p pickup for this that is really quiet. I have a dimarzio DP122 in it currently but it's really noisy. Lots of RF noise. I have it shielded but it's still pretty noisy. Stock fender pickup is very quiet in this bass.
    Open to suggestions. thanks.
     
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  3. Agreed. Aliens have a lot to do with it also. ;)
    Have you used these?
     
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  4. While I have not used the split-coil MFD, I have used the full-length MFD humbuckers in the ASAT & L-2000, & they have the most output of any passive pickups I've ever heard.
    Although, the Power-Pole pickup in my GSR100EX comes close.
     
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
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  6. All of them. Theyre humbuckers. Just make sure your wiring is sound.

    I've never had a noisy P pickup. I've never had any pickup noise that re-wiring couldn't fix. But, I will always suggest an NP4A for a split. I have yet to find anything better.
     
  7. Ok. I'll give it a whirl. Thanks.
     
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  8. If you want high output the neodymium PBXN from Entwistle is a beast (sounds great too, and it's pretty cheap but don't let that put you off).
     
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  9. Link?
     
  10. This is their website, but it seems their neodymium pickups are not currently available from them:
    Entwistle Custom Pickups --- Home

    However, you can still find them on some vendors (Europe, as it's a UK company, but even factoring the shipping costs you end up with a great pickup for not much money at all... I've got one that I am not using at the moment, but I want to hang on to it ;) )

    ENTWISTLE PBXN (BK)

    I see that they appear on ebay.co.uk frequently too.

    The pickup covers they come with have big mounting ears which may not fit all pickguards, but they're not glued so you can use any other pickup covers you want. The poles are adjustable so it's very easy to get perfect string to string balance.
     
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  11. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
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  12. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    UK
    I have a bass with two of those Dimarzio pickups, and they are both dead quiet soloed. Is all the wiring secure?

    The only noisy P pickup I have experienced was in a Univox where the connector wires for the two halves of the pickup were attached the wrong way round.
     
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  13. Yes wiring is sound. Which dimarzios do have, the dp122?
     
  14. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    UK
    Yep, a P bass with two sets and 500k pots. The bass isn't shielded either. And it is super loud!
     
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