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P like a J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by joshsmog, May 26, 2004.

  1. hey, I want a P pickup that doesnt sound like a P. I don't like the muddyness of a P so can you recommend me some brands or anything? thanks.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Uhh ive never played a P pickup that sounded like a J pickup?
  3. The placement of the pickup has a lot to with the tone. You are simply not going to get a P-Bass to sound like a J-Bass.
  4. is there any other possible pickup that will fit into a P hole ( :D ) that wont sound as muddy?
  5. If you wire the P in parallel rather than series it'll thin the tone out somewhat, which may or may not be what you want.

    Somebody's purchasing a custom P from Carey that has this a switchable option (as well as normal series). Either that or you might be able to do it already, you'll just need to cut the wire between the two sections of the P, extend it and wire up a series/parallel switch (if you want switching), or hardwire it in series.

    Josh D
  6. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Just a thought.... I notice you run all 15" cabs. That could be part of the muddiness. Have you tried the base through 12s or 10s?
  7. im not willing to change my whole rig just the pickups, how do i do this parallel series thing? got any schematics?
  8. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    it depends on the pickup you buy, not all of them have the four wires required for series/parallel switching.
    The dimarzio's (model p, split p) have this wiring. You can get more info at http://www.dimarzio.com , and I can recommend http://www.bestbassgear.com as a great place to buy pickups from.