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Original P-bass pickup has busted magnet - best replacement?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by PhuketDoc, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Hey!

    I have a-83 Fender P-bass where 1 magnet in one of the pickups has stopped working. When I bought it they had replaced the original set with a Wilkinson set. I am actually quiet happy with the way they sound, but playing with the idea to up-grade. My goal with the p-bass sound-wise is Mowtown style, The Meters funky soul old fashion type of sound. I play through an Ampeg SVT-450 and sometimes add a MarkBass superbooster.

    So, not thinking of cost ... what is my best option in your opinion?

    Cheers from Phuket Thailand!

    PS. I still have the original set, but i figure you cant repair them...??
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    how does a magnet "stop working"?

    so it no longer has any pull, like you can't feel any magnet pull against a screwdriver or something?
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  3. Well ... I'm not an electronic guy --- but when tapping on it it is dead ... And you are right ... guess it is not the actual magnet but inside wiring or alike ... :)
  4. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello. Though I don't know what P pickup is the best option, not considering cost you could try one of the following four. Each sounds different from the other, but any of them should help you achieve your goal:

    Good luck!
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  5. Thanks Snaxter!!! I will look into these!! :)
  6. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    A wire probably came loose. Maybe take the pick guard off and snap a few pics. Disconnect could be an the pickup as well.
  7. From a first listen I'd say the Curtis Novak PB-V ... or maybe it's just the fact that Byron House is a great player ... hehe
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  8. I'll snap a pic! They are already out of the guitar ... :) Thanks!
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  9. nolezmaj

    nolezmaj Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    If your budget is under 100$, you can get a lot for your money from Seymour Duncan SPB-1. Nice price from BassStrings (I am not related in any way).
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    Yep, excellent vintage P pickups can be had from Duncan or fender for well under $100.
  11. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    Guys sells bartolini 8s on eBay for $94 shipped.
    I got a set.. New, no problem.
  12. Smoove-Groove

    Smoove-Groove We've got bush, We've got bush!

    Jun 18, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    EMG Geezer Butler. I put them in my Road Worn P. Couldn't be happier.
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  13. For motown sound +1 on Seymour Duncan SPB1. Cheap but one of the best vintage sounding pickup with the Fender Original '60
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  14. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Nordstrand NP4v. This is the vintage model. I stuck one into my mid-80's P as well, and I am beyond happy. That pickup is never leaving that bass while I am alive. It really nails that Motown sound with flats. I found out by accident that this is the P pickup that Sadowsky uses in his P and P/J basses. It's a really smooth sounding pickup.
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  15. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    1. EMG Geezer B
    2. Fralin
    3. Seymour Duncan SPB1
    In that order!!! All our awesome:thumbsup:
  16. bluesdoubler


    Apr 14, 2011
    Bill Lawrence P-46 gets my vote.
  17. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
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  18. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    It's a P. Don't get all fancy.
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  19. tedious1


    Feb 14, 2014
    Yeah, I'll flog the Geezers too, put a set in my Jag, couldn't be happier.
  20. RiZzBot

    RiZzBot bass+beer+broken strap locks= :'( Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    210, Texas
    I'll throw in my ¢2. I am more than pleased with my David Allen P bass pups. They're definitely worth checking out

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016