Slap Bass Pickups in '53 (RI) P Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by two1frets, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. two1frets


    Jul 17, 2009
    Hey Everybody

    So I've been into slap bass lately, but I realized that my bass may not be the best for the slap bass technique. Here's a direct link to my specific bass:

    I was wondering if there was a compatible pickup that I could use to replace the stock one, to get a better slap bass tone. I would not like to do any routing, etc. Would it be possible to use a J Bass one? I'm a noob at this stuff, so I am grateful of your wisdom. :bassist:


  2. millerfreak


    Jun 29, 2008
    IMO you should lookup J basses.. For me myself, J basses are the best tone for slapping. I dont know about others.
  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I've had some good moments, slapping with that single coil pickup. (Until I went full retro and put on heavy flatwound strings. :rolleyes:)

    I was getting slamming lows and piercing highs. It was different from what I'm used to - not all scooped and phase-cancelled like a J-bass - but I found it to be very effective in it's own unique way. The attack is pretty harsh, though.

    A high quality pickup might add some depth and clarity and a split-coil might change the character somewhat. But ultimately, IMHO that axe is going to have a different personality than the later designs that are more popular for slap.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've also found the single coil P bass to have a very useful and unique slap tone (with good quality roundwounds).

    Lowering the pickup into the body a bit can allieviate some of that harshness but "turn and try" in small amounts since those pickups seems to be particularly sensitive to the pickup to string distance and a little adjustment can go a long way.
  5. What do you mean by "better"? Your bass' tone is limited by pickup location so if you want it to sound more like a StingRay, that's not going to happen... especially not by merely replacing the pickup. You can get a great slap tone with your Sting via technique and eq settings. Just don't expect it to sound like a Jazz or 'Ray.