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Punchy P-styles for a dual-P bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KillerEddie, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. KillerEddie


    Aug 10, 2016
    I'm wondering what would be the best option for warm, punchy P pickups. This seems like a commonly-asked question but what's uncommon about it is how I intend to use them. I plan on placing them in a mockingbird with two P pickups. I want punch without it getting to muddy. Active or passive options (the bass already has a battery box).
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Honestly, I have always found that with rounds and the tone knob dimed a P bass will get downright bright. With one in the bridge position too you should be able to get gritty if you want.

    I have a Fender P bass V and the standard pickup is just great. I am having a bass made by Hammersmith as we speak and I'm getting a Duncan Antiquity II custom made in 5 string for that bass. It's supposed to be wired like the 60s P bass pickup.

    Short version is if punchy without getting muddy is what you're looking for you almost can't go wrong.

    Also, pics or your Mockingbird doesn't exist. ;)
  3. KillerEddie


    Aug 10, 2016
    It's going to be one like this. I actually kind of like the stock pups in this one but I was thinking of getting one of the new cheaper bolt on ones and experimenting with pups to find something with a bit more punch.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Personally, Its hard to beat a Duncan SPB-1 It is a perfect vintage sounding P pickup.
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  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That or the EMG Geezer, which has a tiny bit of extra midrange action that I find very desirable.
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I need to build another bass with a P pickup so I can try one of the Geezers. Your sound clips have me sold on them
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  7. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    I had a dual-P with Dimarzio Model P pickups in both positions. Punchy and grindy with the tone knob up, smooth and fat with the tone rolled back.
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  8. Baa

    Baa Happy hobbyplayer

    Jan 10, 2006
    stockholm, sweden
    I have the same opinion.
    Mycket Vantage's have DiMarzio clones and they have great punsch!

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  9. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    For punchy and warm, I would recommend the Fender Pure Vintage 63 pickups. It's an expensive pickup but it's one of the most punch pickup I have tested.
    The Dimarzio Model P could work, as a ceramic pickup it's got punch and hot output but it's not warm or vintage sounding.
  10. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Here's what I've done:
    That's a 1985 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder in place of the stock '76 Fender that died. Later I added a DiMarzio 'Split P' for extended range and tonal contrast. I chose the the black & white for in your face visual contrast, but all black is available for the less adventureous. I find that the sound of dual humbucking ceramic magnet blade pickups compliment and add tonal contrast to the overwound AlNiCo V magnets of the Duncan split single coil Quarter Pounders. The Steve Harris signature Duncans would also be a superb choice in place of the QPs.

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