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P Bass Pickup in Gibson EB-3

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KablesP, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    Is it possible to put a P pickup in the neck of an EB-3? I dont need super deep reggae bass tones and I will have an active 3 band EQ as well to add some bass if I need it.

    Just wondering because most Mudbucker replacements are pretty expensive, and its something you don't see all the time.

    Also, this is a project bass with an Aria EB-3 copy body and a Jazz copy neck.
  2. Anything is possible if you don't mind routing the body. Getting it to look nice is a whole other problem, and who knows how it'll sound.

    If it were me modding this bass, I'd be looking at budget-priced soap-bar shaped pickups.
  3. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    I was looking at some soapbar pickups but most of them seemed to be the wrong size and I don't really want to rout the bass...yet at least. I had originally planned to put a P pickup in the middle but decided to just go with 2 pickups.

    I have read that someone said a P in the neck wouldnt be all that different from a Dimarzio Model One.
  4. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I bought a new Gibson Ripper in 1976. Although it had more highs and lows than my 68 Jazz bass, it didn't punch through the din of the hard rock band I played in. I found a 64 P bass and got rid of the Ripper.

    But my best friend had one as did his brother. I routed and mounted a Dimarzio P pickup in one and a Fender P pickup in the other. Neither used the mid control, so I wired a volume for the P pickup in it's place.

    Both loved their Rippers after the mod. The P punched through and mixed well with the Gibson pickups.

    Go for it.
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Well, it certainly won't sound or look like an EB-3 after you get done with it. If you don't care about that, then go for it.
  6. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    I am not concerned about the look. I don't need it to sound like an original EB3. I just want something unique that sounds good to me. Another thing that will change that classic EB tone is that I used a standard jazz neck so its not a short scale bass anymore.

    I normally use a Fender Jazz Bass Special with a P/J setup and while it sounds really great, I want something with a little more bottom end hence the EB3. However, I hate muddy bass tones. Bassy and clear is fine but once it loses definition its just bleh.