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Suggestions for PJ Bass with flatwounds

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RadioMasterDude, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. I did a quick search and couldn't find any answers on this specific topic, so I'm posting a thread.

    I've had a passive Fender PJ Bass for a few months now, and I really like it. It's become my main bass. I decided to string it up with a set of GHS Precision Flats, and I'm a big fan of that old school thump that occurs when the P pickup is solo'd.

    However, the stock J pickup isn't cutting it for me (it's a Fender Noiseless J pickup in the bridge position). When I would still use roundwounds, I liked the P+J pickup combination for that articulate tone, but with flatwounds it sounds pretty weak IMO. Not to mention the output of the J pickup is way lower than the P pickup and I never use the J on its own because of its thin sound.

    I would like to hear your recommendations in pickups that give a good J and P+J sound for flatwound strings. I should mention that I like how the stock Fender P Bass pickup sounds in this setup, and I wouldn't want to move too far away from a traditional P Bass tone for the P pickup.

    Thanks in advance!

    P. S. I don't live in the US, so boutique pickups are harder to get.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
  2. #1. Raise your J pickup!
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  3. The thing is, I raised the J pickup as high as it could go without the screws going higher than the pickup. I just might add extra foam in the cavity to raise the J pickup even more...
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