P Bass build - want round fat and deep tone - what pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by don21480, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. don21480

    don21480 https://songwriterdonmoody.bandcamp.com

    Mar 17, 2006
    I'm putting together a parts bass with a 1964 Jazz neck and a MJT P bass body and I need a passive Pbass pickup. My main player is a stock Fender Road worn P bass and I keep the tone rolled off most of the time. I have no tolerance for treble tones from my bass! Looking for something a little more round and fat but in the same tonal range. I've considered the SD Antiquity II based on 1 sound clip I heard but most of the other pickups have sound clips and videos with guys banging away with way more treble than I prefer so its hard to get a feel for the tones I like.
  2. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    my 2013 MIA P has the CS60s pickups, I really like em.

    I am amazed at the range of tones I can get with just one knob.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I wonder if a DiMarzio Model P would work for you...treble's reduced when the knob is dimed, and if you completely roll off the treble, big and fat is what you get. It's a hot pickup with a bigger low mids response but it sounds like that's what you're looking for.
  4. don21480

    don21480 https://songwriterdonmoody.bandcamp.com

    Mar 17, 2006
    I did like the Aguilars on their demo video. I think the CS60's are very similar to what i have on my road Worn P. I have had some Dimarzio model P's - the actual Patent Applied For version from the 70's - and they are big and fat - the big low mids are noticeable but not in a bad way. Fat and deep seems to fit the bill on all of these but the round part is the tough part?
  5. I use SD antiquities on a Fender parts bass strung with James Jameson flats. I manage to get a nice round, fat tone. I have also used the DiMarzio pu's on P basses and it's only personal taste from here on out...
  6. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I think, for the tone you want it's not just the pickup. It's a combination of the bass (pickup) the amp and your touch. The pickup is only going to give you so much, the amp is going to get you some of the way there and your hands are going to do the rest.
  7. don21480

    don21480 https://songwriterdonmoody.bandcamp.com

    Mar 17, 2006
    Absolutely - I have Markbass and Aguilar amps and cabs so 1 of the 3 points mentioned is covered! I can only do so much with my own limitation so I hope to get the best pickup possible and go from there. I am leaning toward the Aguilar
  8. HarrisonJ.Gool


    Sep 18, 2014
    I like the basslines series myself.
  9. Funksoulbass


    Dec 9, 2008
  10. It's The Groove

    It's The Groove

    Aug 26, 2014
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  11. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Hasn't been mentioned yet - Bartolini pickups are generally deep, dark, thick, full sounding pickups.
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  12. WaywardSoul


    Sep 11, 2014
    I dropped a aguilar ag 4p-60 in my p bass. Love the tone warm and round
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  13. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    Thats a good thick middy pickup. If you want a good thick stingray grind I've had great luck with Delano.
  14. Lindy Fralins get my vote.
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  15. What do you guys think of Fender Original P-Bass pickups as far as round, fat and deep sounds?
  16. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Out of all the Fender P's I've owned the only one I didn't change out the pickup was on my 57' AVRI.

    They're okay. Nothing bad but nothing great either IMHO.
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Had one on my Precision for a year. Sounded OK but way too bright and not enough mid mids, and turning down the treble all the way caused it to drop out of the mix pretty much completely. I've got a Geezer Butler P from EMG on there now and it's a vast improvement IMHO. If I were putting together a bass like the OP's where he's going to use it for reggae and turn the treble knob all the way down, I might rather have the Model P but I would definitely consider the Geezer just because you'll still be in the mix with the treble off, plus it sounds more like a vintage pickup with the treble up, whereas the Model P doesn't. But I wouldn't use a 62 Original.
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  18. Granny1089


    Oct 15, 2012
    Saskatoon, SK
    Out of curiosity, are you suggesting the Model P's have a more 'modern' sound with the tone turned up? The reason I ask is I'm literally on my way to upgrade P-Pup's and was sold on the Model P's until I saw this comment. I like vintage....
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Here's how the Model P sounds to me...heavy low mids and midbass, decent mid and high mids but not as much as low mids, has some highs but not very bright with them. My idea of "modern" is like Marcus Miller or Mark King, so no, I wouldn't call the Model P modern.