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Pj pickup advice

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Joshuadriller, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    I'm building a PJ and I'm looking for some pickups for it.
    I'm searching for passive pups that would work well for all types of music (especially alt. rock, and rock playing).
    I play fingerstyle and with a pick (palm muting). So my question to you guys is what should I go after..?
  2. DiMarzio P+J pups.
  3. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    P46 + J45.
  4. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    It helps to include the make of your recommendations. In this case, the Wilde by Bill Lawrence.
  5. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    I personally listen to what an instrument sounds like acoustically before selecting a pickup.
  6. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    I thought those were made for 5's...?
  7. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    Never mind I just looked it up. Those are pretty nice!
  8. The Dimarzio model p and j are probably best for you. Pretty cheap but they sound good.
  9. I Dont see how that would work since he is doing a build in the first place. Plus pickup dont work acoustically.
  10. You can get a lot of info about the tone of a solid body bass or guitar by playing it unplugged. Some bodies "ring" nicer than others, some sustain longer, some sound brighter, others darker. Pretty much if a solid body doesn't ring nicely acoustically it isn't going to sound good electrically.

    Every time I check out an instrument in a music store I try it out un-plugged first.
  11. I guess I can see what you mean, I hate the sound of my bass unplugged. But plugged in it sounds great.
  12. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    I chose the EMG P/J set. Easy, great sound, super quiet...
  13. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Because the pickup compliments the acoustic properties of the tone-wood!:bassist:
  14. You might want to talk to Pat Wilkins. In addition to some of the best paint and finish work anywhere, he also makes his own basses and winds his own pickups. I have a set in an active PJ5 w/flats, and another in a passive P5 w/nickels and they are both delicious sounding. I use them for a variety of styles, with and without a pick and I love 'em.
  15. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS

    I just got a set of DiMarzio DP126 P/J in cream.


    I only play Ibanez Destroyers and I always put DiMarzio pickups in them. They give me that rock growl I desire.

    I also highly recommend Pat!


  16. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    fwiw... I got a set of peavey foundation s active pickups off ebay a few months ago, and put them in a fender zone pj, and they completely blew away the stock pups and the emg pj set I was using. tons of tone. finding a set, however... another story...
  17. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    Hey you might contact Joe at Gamma he built some pups for me and I love em as much as my EMG passive p/j. I play rock and fast rock punk rock used EMG for over 20yrs and I will not use anything but the pups from Joe at Gamma. He seems to get as close as poss to what a customer asks for...
  18. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Duncan Quarter Pounders.
  19. Got a set of Fralins in my passive PJ. Already had the Fralin P, and ordered a 5% overwound split J to go with it. Quite happy with them, although I'd probably look at a 10% over wound if I had it over again.
  20. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    When I was putting together my P/J 5er I went with Dimarzio J and Fender P. A terrific sounding combo. And the P soloed really sounds like a "P". But be aware that they don't quite balance. The P is about 15%-20% hotter than the J. Some people overwind the J to compensate but I prefer to keep it all stock and just roll back the P volume a tad to get balance.

    This is always the problem with P/J configurations. Getting a nice balance when both volumes are up full. The alternative is to get over or underwound pickups and then everyone complains that with pickups soloed they don't sound like a "real" P-bass.