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pickup solution for P-bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by honkyfunk, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. honkyfunk


    Dec 4, 2013
    After months of agonizing research and thought process, I arrived at the pinnacle of solutions for the ultimate pickup to make my off-the-shelf P-bass sound super sweet.. This discovery and final decision happened as I was playing the bass to some drum loops:

    The pickup: Stock Fender P-bass pickup that came with the bass.

    For whatever reason, I happen to have the "perfect storm" of setup, pickup height, strings (La Bella flat 45-109), bridge (hipshot vintage with string-ball shroud), and the rest is off-the-shelf Mexican P-bass. It is one of the best, roundest, colorful, even, quintessential P-bass sounds I've ever heard. I've decided to leave the bass alone, and just play the heck out of it. I guess the lesson here is: sometimes it isn't worth the agony and the over-spending to get the bass where you might want it. It could be right at the present time. Thoughts Y'all?
  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    These kinds of decisions used to happen a lot before the internet.
  3. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    MIM P's don't sound bad. If you like it, no need to change.

    Just curious, what have you compared your current setup to?
  4. honkyfunk


    Dec 4, 2013
    Thx, Landau roof. Comparisons were dozens, maybe more, of youtube demos, but the strongest comparisons were the 3 other P-basses I've got that have everything from Seymour Duncan to Lollar (very good btw) to JBE and various after-market hardware options. The mostly stock configuration beats them all. Maybe I got lucky with this particular bass?
  5. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I've found no urge to change the stock p'ups in my MIM Precision. The only mods I've done are a black pickguard and a set of LaBella 760FS flats.
  6. Smit_Dogg


    May 17, 2009
    Cumbria, UK
    My P pickup is a '58 split coil made by The Creamery, a UK business solely run by Jaime Campbell. He makes everything from scratch and hand winds each product . It sounds fantastic..
  7. Been playing my stock mim P bass for a few years now. Played a few blues jams with some guys with mia's and a couple modified mia's. Wouldn't trade mine for any of them.:bassist:
  8. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    This is it here. No internet, less gas, more happy bass owners. Very happy with the stock MIM P pup in mine.
  9. .
    That is SO true!
  10. ewe2


    Sep 13, 2012
    Bendigo, Australia
    Certainly before Talkbass :bag: I see the same problem with the G&L folks, a mad rush to mod a perfectly good instrument because it has to have "the sound". There are ways to get that, sometimes with the same instrument, sometimes with a different instrument, but if it ain't broke don't fix it!
  11. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    I wouldn't change a thing.