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P Bass Pickup Problem

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Moreau, Apr 30, 2009.


  1. Moreau

    Moreau

    Jan 3, 2006
    Canada
    I've got a P pickup that comes from a "Fender" Mexican Precision Bass. Reason I say "Fender" is that I have suspicions it may not be a real fender. I hope it is, but that doesnt really matter.

    The pickup was removed right away and I installed another pickup instead, and now I'm trying to put the original stock pickup into another bass, but the output is very very low. I dont have any tools other than a soldering iron to test with, and was curious how I could find out if the pickup is a dud or not. I had wired it directly to the output jack, and got volume, just not lots. Any tips? Thanks
     
  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    If you've got a multimeter, set it to measure resistance in kOhms and see how much you get out of the coil. I'm not sure on the exact DC resistance of a P-pickup, but if you get a reading below 5 kOhm, means the pickup is prolly damaged.
     
  3. I would try to reverse the polarity of the pickup wires.
     
  4. Moreau

    Moreau

    Jan 3, 2006
    Canada
    Someone stole my multimeter! So I dont know what else to do...
     
  5. GlennW

    GlennW

    Sep 6, 2006
    I measured a MIM P pickup once and it read 4.75K for the whole thing.
     

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