the "round" to "growl" continuum for P-bass Pups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by honkyfunk, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. honkyfunk


    Dec 4, 2013
    If one wanted to build a quiver of P-basses, which makes/models of the split coil pickups would occupy the "growl" or "cut-through" end of the spectrum? (No P/J configs here or 9 volt additions, just the passives for P-bass.) Most grateful for any knowledge on this. Thx!
  2. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    IMO a DiMarzio Model-P would be my first choice. It's a higher output, ballsy sounding P-style pickup that's intended to be ran passive. It's a great pickup for Rock or Punk styles. It's tone certainly isn't "Vintage P-Bass", but to my ears, it still has a P-Bass vibe to it's tone.
  3. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Pick up placement has a little bit to do with growl too. More in the middle equals more in the middle. And keep the pups higher out of the body. Closer to the strings. And finally, for disputable reasons, keep the action lower and with thinner ish strings. This may help when you eq the amp.
  4. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    How many is a quiver?
  5. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    I think the Fender '62 P pickup has a beautiful top end that snarls and barks, but also has a full and musical rounded deep mid.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    one good vintage-style P (for me it's the fralin) but with 500k volume and tone pots;

    i get more grind and growl than a normal P bass, then as i back the tone knob down i swing through "normal" into "round" into "dark".

    who needs active? :)