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Question: Overwound P-bass Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by LuvMusic, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    I've been thinking about changing the pickups in my Fender P bass. It's a 60th Anniversary MIM P which supposedly has MIA pickups.

    I've been reading about after-market pickups. Fralin, Lollars and Bill Lawrence pickups have gotten my attention. I feel like a I have at lease an idea in how they might sound different.

    Where I'm feeling lost is in how overwinding effects the sound and performance of pickups. Through my reading/research here on TB I know that the more winds the higher the output of the pup. After that, I'm feeling lost.

    So, I have found Fralin pickups that are normal wound, 5%, 8% and 10% overwound. What could I expect in terms of tone differences?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the general rule is, the more wire, the louder but darker it is.

    i will say that fralin's stock p-bass crushes just like it is, and is a big leap up from the fender stuff. no need for him to overwind it.

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