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Precision Pickup Identification questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wraub, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    There are many P pickups in the world, and they all look pretty much the same.
    Are there any ways to distinguish one from another?

    I know some Fender PUs have grey bottoms, others have black, and some have different colored wrap wire or lead wire. Some pickups are signed or initialed by the maker, and others have tech info written on the back.
    Some have grounding plates, others don't.

    Can anyone offer other ID tips? Maybe some brand specific info?

    (p.s. asked this in the Pickup forum a while back, hoping the broader readership here would yield more info. Mods, please move if necessary. Thanks)
  2. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Aero Instruments P pickup has red bobbin material and twisted leads.

    Nordstrand also has twisted leads.

    Fender Original '62 P pickup has beveled edges for the magnets.

    Fender and Duncan Antiquity have the brass shielding plate.

    Some have P pickups have cloth push back leads (but that's not saying much).
    wraub likes this.
  3. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Exactly the kind of info I'm looking for.

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