PV63 or SPB-1 pickups for Fender Player Precision?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by danjohnson, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. danjohnson


    Aug 31, 2016
    So I have a Fender Player Precision bass and I absolutely love its playability and weight, which are two things that had me worried about getting a P-Bass but now I play this one more than my Sire J. The thing is that I am not loving the pickups that came with the bass, I think that they voiced the pickups for the new series of Fender basses for a more "modern" tone and they lack the bass and low-mids of a more vintage pickup.
    The demo of the American Professional in the video below sounds a bit similar to mine ,which I also have strung with flats. The bass sounds a bit "stringy" or bright for my taste, although it is not a bad sound, I am thinking of getting new pickups for mine and I am considering the Fender Pure Vintage 63 or the Seymour Duncan SPB-1 to get a more vintage sound to play blues rock and soul.

    Has anyone tried any of those or have any other recommendations?

  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I don't hear enough mids in those pickups. I like EMG GZRs, Fralin Standard, Dominger and Nordstrand. They all have good mids. A lot of players like the SPB-1 but in a band setting I can't hear my pitch and articulation as well as with the ones that I mentioned.
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    The Pure Vintage ‘63 would be a pickup that leans away from those qualities.
    You might also like the Seymour Duncan SPB-2.
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  4. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    PV 63 :thumbsup:
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  5. danjohnson


    Aug 31, 2016
    the goal is to have a tome similar to this one.
  6. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I have found the SPB-1 to have a very vintage sound.
    I have a set in a 73'P and it's reasonably close to my dead stock 60'P.
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  7. PV63. I have 5 precision’s. My favorite one has a PV63. Just big and fat and huge and thick and heavy lo mid grunt.
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  8. martinc

    martinc In Memoriam

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  9. martinc

    martinc In Memoriam

    Played the dance. Still got the V mods in my American Professional. You can dial in a vintage sound which is not the same as the PV '63's.......but it is close enough. Not enough difference so far to feel the need to replace the V mods with the '63's.
  10. sgtpepper


    Jan 22, 2010
    Mexico City
    If you're looking for a vintage tone, then you want to go with a Seymour Duncan SPB-1. Answering specifically to your question, I'd go with the Quarter Pound. One of the best bass pickups ever made IMO. Listen to some videos of the EMG Geezer. It is a GREAT pickup. I recently purchased one and man I'm happy.
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  11. martinc

    martinc In Memoriam

    sgt: Thanks for the info. However my Pure Vintage '63's were bought to replace the SD Quarter-Pounders I had for many years in my old P bass. I got fed up with the lack of usable mid range and the muddy bottom end. The '63 cured those problems immediately.
    My new American Professional P bass produces some deep and clear bottom end along with smooth mids if I want them. So all is well. The '63's became my favourite pickup until I bought the new bass recently. I will keep them in case my sound requirements change in the future.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
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  12. martinc

    martinc In Memoriam

    Update to my post above: I installed the Vintage 63's on my new American Professional P bass to see how they sound. So far so good. I tweaked the height of the pickups a bit and now have a full, solid low end punch using GHS 3025 Precision Flats. Just the way I want a P bass to sound.
    I also have a Yamaha BB234 with the PJ pickup configuration if I need more of a mid-range sound. I'm using Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalt Flats (45-100) on the BB234.
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  13. Update... I now have 9 precision’s and 5 of them have PV 63’s.
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  14. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    The Fender Ori 60 p pup + Labella LTF4A + .1uf cap + mute foam = Low cost Old school P vibe formula.

    Pv63 work great with flat and roundwound bass string.
    Labella + .1uf cap ( roll off tone )+ fingerstlye = fat and bassy without muddy.
    Fresh 7250 + Full tone + pick style play close to neck side = Awsome sparkling P grind and punch.... punch....punch.
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