Need help deciding a P/J combination.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by 311fan, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. 311fan

    311fan Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    San Diego
    Well I just bought a Fender Precision Special and don't really like the pickups. They are way to bright for my tasting. Anyway, I need help with finding some pickups to replace them. I want a tone that has a warm mid with a tight low end and soft high end.
  2. stay bright and work with the EQ...Boss 7-band EQ or equivalent...

    IMO, bright pickups offer more fidelity...its just to easy to roll off the highs ...if you want to try something on your P/J that will really bring out the sound in the low mid range...try a series mod...$10 push-pull pot and some wiring.

    I did one on my Yamaha RBX170 with stock pickups...and I am more than satisfied with the results.
  3. 311fan

    311fan Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    San Diego
    hmmm, ok Ill look into that. Anyone else have any suggestions.
  4. Im looking for a replacement set of P/J pups too, im thinking about a DiMarzio Model P and Model J
  5. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    3 options

    Cheap first... Change the cap on your tone pot to a .1 mfd. That will darken things up a bit when you use the tone pot. The std value is generally .047. If it doesn't darken enough, try a .2mfd. IIUC, this has no impact on tone when the tone pot is wide open.

    I didn't like the brightness of the Bill Lawrence P Bass pickup until I changed the cap. All of a sudden it's my new best friend ... (OK, maybe not but I like the pickup a whole lot better).

    What you're describing is a vintage kind of pickup to me. Duncan Antiquities would be a nice choice. A better choice is the Aero Type 1. Nice and warm, very well balanced PJ set. I have them in my Rumblefish and that's the one bass in the stable that I don't mess with... at least not yet. The Aero's just do it for me.
  6. basste


    Oct 8, 2003
    for me, Bartolini rules... i préviously use EMG and find them too "hi-fi" tone. i switched for barts, and i really happy with.
    nice warm and medium sound.