Squier 5 string Pbass pu recommendation

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by milesdavisblue, Nov 19, 2017.


  1. milesdavisblue

    milesdavisblue Supporting Member

    May 4, 2007
    Washington State
    I would like to replace pickups in an Squier 5 string precision. Please give me recommendations for direct replacements. I would like something similar to EMG geezers but not finding 5 string Geezers. I would like to stay with passive but might be willing to go active. any advice?
     
  2. Do Fender sell their 5 string P pickup as an aftermarket item?
     
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  3. milesdavisblue

    milesdavisblue Supporting Member

    May 4, 2007
    Washington State
    I'll have to check on that, might be good advice.
     
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  4. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    I put American Standard P5 pickups in the VMP5 I had . I had to file a little off one side of the pickguard to make one side fit but it is pretty much a direct replacement . Others in the thread for the Vintage Modified P Bass 5 had no problems like mine . The Fender pickups didn't make a real big difference in the tone , the originals sounded pretty good to me too . I sold mine but here is a pic with the Fender pickups . Some people had good luck with Nordstrands too .
    Here is a link to the pickups Bass Parts Resource: Genuine Fender P Bass Pickups S7300689.JPG
     
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  5. Hands down choice and I've tried a bunch-The Wilde P-46. Finally got my hands on a bass with these already installed , a parts build pj with the Wildes and a Warmoth Unlined Maple Fretless neck and can't put it down.

    Bill Lawrence's ingenious design uses 5 pole pieces on each half of the split p and 9 equal spaced pole pieces on the jazz pickup . This allows the same models to be used on 4, 5 and narrow spaced 6 strings .

    Mine is passive and played back to back with my ESP Fretless pj with active EMGs I detected nothing lacking in output at the same amp settings . Would love to hear these with John East pre , but passive=perfect.

    I can't stop playing or talking with buddys about how much I love these . The hype is not hype and the price is right .
     
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  6. It's a little problematic in that some builders are using P-style pickups where the 2 shells are the same size, and then some like this bass use a '3+2' shape. And the aftermarket pickup builders are choosing sides, so not everybody makes both styles.

    Nordstrand makes this style, and I recently ran across this from the Seymour Custom Shop, and it's interesting they will wind them to several different outputs, from QuarterPounder to Antiquity:

    5 String P-Bass

    . . . . and Seymour offers companion 5-string J's, should that be a consideration for later additions.
     
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  7. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Sonically it would work, but would OP then have to consider making new screw holes and adding a custom pickguard? While I'm sure it accomadtes a 5 string P, it doesn't exactly seem like a direct drop in.
     
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I added the same pickup to two VM P5's and it was hassle free. They can also be had here:
    Fender American Standard P-Bass V '08 Pickup 0075593049
     
  9. My extent of 5 string knowledge is that the 5th string makes a good thumb rest. I do have one bass tuned BEAD though because the strings on it when I bought it were so big . (.125 E) Tried it and left it that way for something different.
     
  10. DevinWard369

    DevinWard369

    Apr 30, 2012
    Utah
    I would get the M&V atlas 5 string p's.
    I love mine in my 4. And alllll of my basses are active and these passive p's sit right with them in volume and clarity.
    IMG_2391.JPG IMG_2422.JPG
     
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  11. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    Kansas City
    I'm actually keeping the original pickup / capacitor that came with my Squier VMP5, as I love the tone coming from it now. Mine has 500k pots, and while the tone pot doesn't work, I will replace the pot but re-use the current capacitor. I may put in a multi-cap switch to change it up, but will re-use the original cap as one of the choices.

    I had replaced the wiring harness with a high quality 250k pot / .047mf cap harness, but it was too dark with the stock pickup in my VMP5, so I put the original harness back in.
     
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  12. I've literally just been wondering today if they madea P pickup with stingray-style Xboxhuge polepieces. No idea why, I've never really dug a P enough to keep it.
     
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  13. I really like my aguilar 5p-60 pickups in my Lakland.

    Careful of the Bill Lawrence. The pole pieces might overlap on your A string and make it impossible to get an even sound.
     
  14. Johny Blade

    Johny Blade

    Jan 13, 2016
    I have used both Nordstrand NP5F and Seymour Duncan SPB-3 on my Squier Fender VM P5. Both kick-ass pickups and awesome upgrades!!!
    The Nordstrand is a high quality classic P pickup. Its the one I'm currently using and recording my band's new album.
    The SPB-3 is a more modern approach, high output, bass and tremble boosted and mid scooped. You can still get the more classic P bass sound if you boost the mids and cut some bass + tremble from your amp. I'd love to have a 2nd P so I could install the SPB-3 on it.
     
  15. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    My suggestion is keep the stock pup but try different string .
     
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  16. jaymelewis

    jaymelewis

    Jan 6, 2010
    Fillmore, CA
    Aguilar's Hot P is a fantastic pickup, I love it!
     
  17. I'm currently modifying my American Standard Jazz V to drop one of these in. Your running the aguilar PJ setup? Or is it just the 60's P? I dunno if I want the HC Jazz bridge or the 60's Jazz bridge.
     
  18. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Hipshot
    I'm happy with the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder I put in mine!
     
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  19. milesdavisblue

    milesdavisblue Supporting Member

    May 4, 2007
    Washington State
    Thanks all! I knew this would be a tough choice.
     
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