P-Bass Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by sparky_delong, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Sorry, I'm sure this has been covered before, but the search has been so unbelievably arbitrary that I have to start from scratch..... Not to mention, I'm old and I don't pick this stuff up too well.

    I have a '94 MIM P-Bass. Has a lot of balls on the low end compared to my '04 Ged (lots of poppy top), but it just lacks... 'something'. I'm considering the Bartolini 8S to replace the original POS that it came with. What is the best P-Bass replacement that will give you that all-over warm feeling - top to bottom. I'm playing hard rock, but I want something that is very even from bottom to top. I'm not ready to pop $4800 into a new Modulus, so what's your suggestion?

    So, to simplify, what can I put in my old, decent playing Mexican P to give it solid, consistent CAJONES?
  2. i fixed mine up with seymour duncan quarter pound pups and they sound great
  3. Thanks 66 - I checked out the Seymour Duncans a while back and never made the commitment. I've just heard so much about Bartolinis - "they're this and that, blah blah blah....."

    I have an SD JB Junior in one of my Strats and I love it. Ack! Now I have to make a choice. Oh no! If only they made plug in pickups that you could just try out.....
  4. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Here's another recommendation for the Duncan Quarter Pounders. Sure Bartolini makes a nice pickup, too, but the QP's seem to be more what you're looking for.
  5. Right on - appreciate it. You're making the choice a bit easier for me.
  6. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Something to consider with Duncan is the 21 day exchange program. Gives you at least 3 chances to get it right!! :D
  7. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I have the Quarter pounder in my old P. I love it. I've also mounted them in 2 Mexican P basses for others and they sound great too. I think it's a big improvement over the stock 70s Fender P I originally had.

    I use TI flats. Great combination.
  8. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    That Delano with giant poles is to die for!!
  9. Thursday


    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    So the quarter pounder, they work good? Ok, do they come with two or one pup. Also how much they cost? Cuz I i been thinking baout changing the pick up on my MIM '92 fender p for a while now.
  10. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    It's a split P pickup, same as the stock p. Big improvement over the mexican P.
  11. mlove


    Jun 12, 2005
    cant argue with 1/4 pounders but what would be the best pick up if you planed on using flatwound strings?
  12. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm using Thomastic flatwound strings with the Quarter Pounder. I find it's a great combination.
  13. I have an "Original 62" in my P-clone and it has a very "vintage" sound. The Quarter Pounder has higher output than the 62, so it should be perfect for more aggressive music like you play.