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P bass pickups HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by muddog, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. muddog


    Mar 3, 2012
    I have a 72 Fender p bass (with no electronics). now I love the way this bass plays. (This is my only bass) however I am not a fan of the midrangey boingy hollow farty sound that most p basses have.
    Now no disrespect at all, I like a meaty smooth tone. now I dont want to replace this bass with a jazz bass everyone I know has one,and again I really like this bass. I play jazz/rock/raggae style.
    I will use flatwounds. I want to keep the routing original, I will be playing with a 3 pc. band with the bass being a very prominent instrument in the band. clear, smooth,tone. I heard some antiquities on youtube sounded pretty good?
    any help appreciated.
  2. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    pretty sure p-bass is the perfect reggae bass.

    but you can get differently wound pickups in the precision size case.

    seymour duncan quarter pounders are popular.
  3. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    The Antiquity will sound like what you already have, because that's what a P bass sounds like. It is the bass that was used in all the classic reggae music.

    If you want a smoother tone try a Bartolini 8S.

    Or turn down your tone control.
  4. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Artist for: Nick Silver Pickups, Free The Tone Effects, Carr Amplifiers, PG Music BIAB, Ethos OD +
    I have never heard a P-bass described in this way (Do you have a song/ Band reference for this you could point out for clarity?) P-bass tone in general is warm, big and punchy. Certainly not hollow or boingy IMO... that being said...Antiquity's are the classic fundamendal P-Bass tone that you mention you don't like and will likely yield the same results if indeed you don't like the way P-bass sounds. They are excellent pickups IMO for vintage tone. If you want to get away from classic p-bass and get a fatter more 'blossomed' tone, the SD Quarter Pounders are a good option. There are 3 varieties to suit your needs / choices. Best of luck with it!~
  5. SD SPB1's are pretty sweet
    I like the newer stock pu's

    Quarter Pounders can be pretty brittle and "hot"

    +1 on turn your tone control down

    ps: P's are very sensitive right hand technique, ie: thumb with palm mute, pluck towards the bridge or neck, etc...

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