P-bass PU selection

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ToneMonkey, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    I have a MIM P strung with Labella flats that I primarily use for surf.

    The stock PUs are OK, but I just have this sense that I could do a bit better. They seem to have an aggressive upper mid honk that's somewhat hard to dial out without going completely to mud.

    I play this bass with a pick and do roll back my tone control quite a bit.

    Anyway, I'd prefer PUs with a bit more growl and less honk if that makes any sense. Something with a low mid rather than high mid emphasis.

    Fender '62 maybe? Fralin?
  2. tonymcbony


    Mar 21, 2006
    I think Fralins will get closer to what you're after
  3. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    What about Quarter Pounders?
  4. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    I don't have any experience with quarter pounders. What do they sound like?

    In general (for both bass and guitar), I prefer vintage winds to overwinds. I'm also not really looking for more output, just different output.
  5. topcat2069


    Dec 2, 2007
    Palm Springs
  6. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    Thanks for the suggestion. I once had a set of Lawrence PUs in a tele and really dug them.
  7. I like my Fralin 5% overwound. I can't remember exactly what I asked for. I think I said I liked my '62 pickup, but I wanted one that hit harder, yet wasn't murky like a Bart 8S. He suggested a 5% overwind and it was perfect, exactly the sound I wanted. Call him at his shop to tell him exactly what you want and he'll tell you what he can do for you. So far as I know, he doesn't do e-mail.
  8. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    @topcat: I ended up going with the Lawrence. I am very satisfied. It's full and deep, but without losing the essential character of a split P-bass PU. Dead quiet too. Also, about 1/2 the price of other boutique PUs. This is my second extremely positive experience with Bill Lawrence/Wilde.

    Thanks everyone for the input. Much appreciated.

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