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Opinions on vintage sound P-style Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Shalashaska, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Shalashaska

    Shalashaska Guest

    Mar 26, 2008
    Zabbar, Malta
    Hey all =)

    Well.. I finally got around to modding my 1998 Squier Precision Bass.. after improving the aesthetic stuff (stainless steel pickguard, bridge and pickup covers, thumbrest, engraving.. etc)

    100_6178.gif (yeah.. the body's worn.. I'll probably sand it to give it a vintage look hehe)

    100_6187.gif (it's hard to take a picture of stainless steel with flash =P)

    and ordering a mightymite neck.. I've turned to the sound.

    To say the truth, I'm also the proud owner of an Ibanez BTB 556 and Marshall MB150.. from which I can get ANY sound I need .. except a classic rock sound. By that I'm not talking exactly Geezer Butler (black sabbath) .. more John Paul Jones (from Zeppelin)(lemon song, ramble on, good times bad times.. that sound).

    Most of you will say : he uses a J! Ok.. fair enough, but isn't it possible to get a similar sound by playing close to the neck, a low tone and treble setting - and a good P style pickup?

    Most suggestions have been the following : Lindy Fralins, Seymour Duncan SPB-1 Vintage style, Fender Precision pups from 70s (or 60s) .. or EMGs (which in my opinion are not so adept for the JPJ sound).. What can you tell me about this? All opinions are appreciated!
  2. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
  3. Shalashaska

    Shalashaska Guest

    Mar 26, 2008
    Zabbar, Malta
    Care to explain your straight answer? :smug:
  4. Shalashaska

    Shalashaska Guest

    Mar 26, 2008
    Zabbar, Malta
    I'm guessing that although the exact tone would be difficult to achieve - but the fat, vintage sound that's so particular to JPJ (and a bit to Jamerson - his idol) can be achieved by upgrading the pickups and a close-to-neck playing style?

    Or am I wrong?
  5. jpark369

    jpark369 Guest

    Jun 2, 2007
    Portland, Maine
    bump. looking for vintage p pups as well. same tone too!
  6. 62bass

    62bass Guest

    Apr 3, 2005
    Try the SPBP 2
  7. Shalashaska

    Shalashaska Guest

    Mar 26, 2008
    Zabbar, Malta
    Aren't they the "hot" pickups?

    What's the difference between them and the "vintage" pickups? - The SPB-1 I mean