Single coil PBass Hum : Seymour replacement?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by 79PBass, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. 79PBass


    Mar 7, 2005
    I have a quite a large amount of hum when plugging my Sting singlecoil Pbass in my soundcard (my regular jazz and Pbasses don't hum in this configuration)

    I was wondering wether changing the stock pickup to a SeymourDuncan SC Quartepounder would improve the hum problem or worsen it? is this pick up better shielded? does higher pickup output will result in more hum?

    is this a drop-in replacement?

    I have heard there's some custom stack SDuncan stack humbucker for Single coil PBass , but it's expensive, do you have opinion on this particular pickup?

    Thanks for your help
  2. myrockinbass


    Jun 10, 2005
    From what I understand, a P- bass pickup shouldn't hum. Mine didn't as a stock fender P-bass pickup and now as a seymour duncan. I do love my seymour duncan 1/4 pounders and highly recomend them.
  3. mahrous


    Aug 13, 2005
    The Sting Pbass is the old configuartion Fender basses that come with a single coil that looks like a Telecaster pickup. not split coil pickups.
  4. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Unless the Seymour Duncan pickup is a humbucker hidden in the single coil size cover, it will still hum and buzz. Does this bass buzz when plugged into an amplifier? All you can do with basses with one single coil is shield it well to avoid any extra noise. Single coil hum is something you'll have to deal with.
  5. 79PBass


    Mar 7, 2005
    the bass doesn't hum that much when plugged into an amp... but i'd like to use it for recording...

    yes was also told by a tech that the single coil would hum as well

    any tips on improving shielding for this type of bass?

    also I'm considering getting that custom shop stack for SCPB by seymour duncan... any feedback on these Pickups?

  6. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
  7. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Two things:

    1.) I recently sold a Duncan SCPB Quarter Pounder to a guy and he reported it is indeed quieter than the stock Sting pickup. It still has some hum but less than the Fender pickup.

    2.) Duncan does make a stacked single coil via their custom shop but it is rather expensive at around $150.00. It does a good job of capturing the single coil tone but no stack can get it 100%.

    Actual customer quote about the QP:

    Hi John...

    I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the Duncan pickup is a MONSTER! Wow... I plugged in at my usual amp setting and nearly blew out the windows. Also, the SCPB hum is almost non-existant - I don't know how they did that, the original Sting pickup was a loud hummer.

    As a disclaimer, he did add new CTS pots along with the new pickup.
  8. 79PBass


    Mar 7, 2005
    just ordered the stack single coil for SCPB at SD custom chop yesterday, 140$ ....

    Thanks guys for your help!