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P pups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mediocrity Man, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Stillwater, New Jersey
    So I've got this great Fender 70's classic P bass. Love it very much but wondering if I should swap out the pups?

    Seems like it lacks a bit of clarity with the DiMarzio's currently installed. I play mostly classic rock and no metal. I like the warm lows but with a nice clean mid punch. I've listened to a bunch of vids for comparison but it's still difficult to decide.

    Any suggestions on?

  2. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    I have the Pure Vintage 63 in my 2015 ADE Precision and I have to say that I like it a lot. It's not harsh on top, has a nice bottom and is also very smooth through the mids IMO.

    (Any excuse to post a pic of my baby)

  3. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    My top three, with only Youtuve video watching experience would be:
    1. Lollar
    2. Fralin
    3. Duncan Antiquity

    Good luck

    This guy has Lollars:
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  4. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Stillwater, New Jersey

    Oh dam that's sweet!
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  5. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Stillwater, New Jersey

    Oh I forgot about the Duncan's
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  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    g&l LB100 pickups (the new ones are a little hotter than the old ones) - perfectly between modern and vintage, great in a band mix
    alleva coppolo vintage pickups - whatever he does they are warm, articulate, and even to the point of kind of freakin me out
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  7. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I'm a huge fan of Nordstrand pickups. I have one of their Alnico III pickups in my P bass. The Alnico III magnets will give you a more "vintage" sound if that's your bag.
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  8. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Duncan SPB-1's are still consistently the closest sounding (that I've found) to the original pickups in my 1964 P Bass...I've tried all the usual Fenders, Duncan's, Lollars, DiMarzios, Nordstrand, Antiquities, etc etc ....as well as stuff like GFS, EMG and the like.

    And they're inexpensive.
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  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I see no reason to spend extra money on a pickup when a Duncan SPB-1 sounds exactly like what you are looking for.
  10. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    If you're peeking at the GZR, consider a look at the Steve Harris Duncan PU. On my Nash P, I switched from a DiMarzio to this unit, and I've been pretty happy. Not sure it's exactly what you're looking for, but worth a listen to the demo.
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  11. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    The Novak CC-PB might be worth consideration as well.
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  12. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Some good suggestions here. I presume you've tried other options? I noticed DiMarzios can benefit from being set a little lower, and I do like the added brightness of having just one 500K pot (two 250Ks might be a tad on on the dark side).
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  13. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    If you love it, why change it?

    I've goofed up so many basses by changing them and realizing that there was nothing wrong to begin with. Pickups are an easy thing to change and change back though. If you got an extra $100 you get into some decent pickups. It's trial and error. We can suggest everyone on the market but it comes down to what you like. We aren't the ones with your ears playing your bass wanting your sound.

    My .02
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  14. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Pots make a huge difference. If you need a wiring harness done up, let me know in a PM.
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  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    For a PB, the replacement pickups I've used that I've really liked are:

    • Aguilar AG 4P-60 - very much in the vibe of a classic PB pup but clearer. Nice compromise between a traditional and more modern sound. Smooth with a mellow high end and good mids. Probably one of the most versatile of all the PB pickups I've ever tried. (avg $110 street)
    • Klein 1962 Epic Series - as exact a recreation of a '62 Fender PB pickup as you'll find anywhere. Classic sound. Smooth and mellow with plenty of thump. Probably my all time favorite. ($120 direct)
    • Bill Lawrence P-46 - modern clear sounding pickup with what almost sounds like a hint of built-in compression. Very inexpensive ($60 direct) and designed by Bill Lawrence, one of the best instrument electronics wizards that ever lived. An awesome pup.
    Note: a PB is a PB is a PB. Unless there's something specific you have in mind, I'd probably just keep what's already there and EQ it on the amp to get as close as possible before I'd seriously consider swapping pups. The differences aren't going to be that dramatic changing pickups on a PB most times.
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  16. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    A vote here for standard-wound Fralins. Clear, articulate, and quite vintage to my ears.
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  17. carsbybigd

    carsbybigd Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2014
    Fullerton Ca USA
    If you can find 1 ,try 1 of these.... 006.JPG
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  18. big_fundamental


    Oct 3, 2016
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  19. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    It's one pickup.
  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Oh yeah! And after you find one of those out in the wild (and for sale) you can next start hunting for Bigfoot, a unicorn, or the Holy Grail. It'll be easier. :laugh:

    Those pickups are incredible. :thumbsup:
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