Pick-up upgrade PJ Fender

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Basso Elettrico, Mar 6, 2021.


  1. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    What PICKUPS TO UPGRADE?

    Have a Fender PJ (Fender Precision Bass Special MIM) that I love playing - neck feels good, sounds good; everything feels good.

    However I feel I could do better pickups wise (especially because the J on the bridge is lower volume compared to the P on the neck), and mostly because I’m looking to spice things up.

    I have no experience with replacement pickups and wonder what are some of the recommendations out there:


    EMG? Aguilar? Seymour Duncan? Other?​

    Something with more “bite” or “growl” would be pretty much what I think would make me happy.​

    Been intrigued by reviews on the EMG GZR but have no experience...

    Thanks in advance!
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2021
  2. grouse789

    grouse789 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Westchester NY
    The Emg geezers ppl like for what you describe as well as the aguilars. I would add Nordstrand to that list.
    You should try lowering your P pickup from the strings and Raise the J
     
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  3. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Thanks. Any one of the aforementioned (Nordstrand included) that have any special characteristics that would put it ahead of its counterparts?
     
  4. grouse789

    grouse789 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Westchester NY
    That can only be determined by your ear. They are all great voices. One would fill your need better than the other.
    YouTube is your friend
    I think these Nordstrand DC pickups sound insane. A lot of grrrrrrrrr
     
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  5. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Watched plenty of videos. I was hoping to get opinions of players with hands on experience with such pickups
     
  6. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    At the moment I’m between the EMG GZR or one of AERO...
     
  7. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  8. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    My vote for GZR’s I have them in 3 basses. Sound so good
     
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  9. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
  10. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    The Wildes are a modern take on vintage tone - slightly more of everything, with loads of clarity.

    The Delanos bring some MusicMan-style sizzle to the P and J shapes.
     
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  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Fralin stock. Or if you need it a little hotter, Fralin +5% overwound. But stock is still going to flat smoke what you have.
     
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  12. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    So if I’m looking cor something with more “growl”, more “bite”, “aggressive”, almost as if I’m distorting it would you say Delano? Where do you even find them?
     
  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Yes, the Delanos are amazing for hot and grindy rock tones.

    As far as where to get them, that would depend on where in the world you live. Your username suggests you may be Italian or in Italy, yet your English is awfully good. Perhaps you could fill in your location in your TalkBass profile?
     
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  14. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    LOL!!! It’s more like I’m n the US and my English ain’t that great :roflmao: I am in FL
     
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  15. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Cool! My favorite US-based retailer is bestbassgear.com. Browse through their site for these and other options. It’s like a candy store for bassists!
     
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  16. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Awesome will do! Thanks
     
  17. Basso Elettrico

    Basso Elettrico Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    All 3 of them Fender? What tone were you specifically looking for?
     
  18. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    Yes , all of them Fender, 2 P (one ash, one alder) one PJ
    I tried them firts on the ash and love the growl and the tone control can change the tone a lot, then went witn the alder and the color is different but the essence is the sams, last I did the PJ.
    All of them amazing, really recommend them
     
  19. Cloven Hoof

    Cloven Hoof Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2021
    Texas
    I just installed a Fralin set on my p/j fender yesterday. I went with standard winding. The stock j-pickup at the bridge was weak imo. The Fralin set is really good. I wasn't wanting a distorted or overwound tone.

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  20. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
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