squier P-Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rafterman, Dec 20, 2000.

  1. i have a Squier P-Bass and i am not very satisfied with the sound i'm getting from my pickups. However I just got a BOSS BASS EQUALIZER and it has improved more than I imagined. But with better pickups...my $180 Bass could probably sound like a $500 Bass. But I don't know what kinda pickups are a real good quality. Can you guys suggest good types of pickups for a P-Bass?
  2. Euclides


    Sep 13, 2000
    I took the frets off my squier P, and added a J Tobias as a bridge pick up; the stock pick up is noisy, so I'm considering replacing it.

    Somebody recomended a Dimarzio Split P ( DP 127 ? )in another thread. It's more recent than their DP 122.
    Seymour Duncan makes the Quarter Pound ( SPB-3 ).

    I think we can't go wrong with any of those.
  3. Is it even possible to add a THIRD pickup to a Squier P Special 4 string? As in, have a J in the bridge position, have the P in the middle between the bridge and the neck. Then, have a HUMBUCKER right below the 21st fret. Wouldn't that be COOL!? But is it possible to do? I don't know.
  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Anything's possible. Billy Sheehan doesn't use a bridge pickup on his basses (mostly) but he does have a big fat humbucker up by the neck. Seems like a cool idea. Check out http://www.billysheehan.com, and you can see the ones he did himself before getting Yamaha to make them. I think the Seafoam Green/Maple Billy Sheehan Sig. bass is one of the coolest basses I've ever seen.
  5. Anyone know how much it will cost?
  6. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    ~ $1260 at M/F http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ex/shop/home/010105143309012106208029001478?pid=500106
    It's got some scalloping too...whoo-hoo! :D

    A used one at Elderly for $1025 http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/55U-2455.htm

    Paging Brad Johnson... :p

    Famous last words ~ You could probably toss one together for less.
    A simple P-type slab from Warmoth. A Model One or Will Power from DiMarzio.
    Your favorite P-pup. He**...toss in your favorite J-type back near
    the bridge while you're at it. :D
    :rolleyes:...or maybe just keep an eye on the Thrift Shop.

    Dude! Any luck with those strings?

    [Edited by notduane on 01-05-2001 at 05:11 PM]
  7. Actually, I meant put a Humbucker onto a Squier P Bass. Possible?

    PS Notduane: I'm waiting for my parents to bring me to the store to put them on still! They are so lazy...:p I'm too afraid to put them on my self.
  8. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I think the P-type that's on there IS a humbucker.
    But you're talkin' about a 3rd up near the end of the neck, right?
    None come to mind that you could just "surface mount"; i.e., NOT have to route for.
    I'm not even sure a DiMarzio Model 1 or Will Power would fit between
    the P-type and the end of the board. Maybe a RioGrande "Pitbull".
    But then, string spacing is a concern too.

    I was yakkin' about that DiMarzio DP127 (Split-P) somewhere's -
    I can't find the thread right now :mad: . The Split-P is a dual humbucker.
    It comes with four wires. Normally, you'd connect the two in parallel or series, but...
    The instructions suggested you could also wire it in "stereo".
    Run the E/A section and the D/G section to two different outputs :eek: .
    If you're intent on FUTZIN' :D , maybe try this: get the Split-P.
    Then get some switch pots from Warmoth or Stew-Mac. These function as
    normal pots and the switches are activated "push/push".
    Wire it so that you could run full P + J, E/A + J, or D/G + J.
    I'm not really sure what that would sound like.
    (Simspon's Sea Captain) Yarrrrrrgh! (you can do it man! :) )
  9. forget Squire...my allegiance is to Ibanez!