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two precision pickups

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickenbaker, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. rickenbaker


    Jul 20, 2007
    has anybody tried a two p-pickups setup? It seems the ox used that setup on his warwick and I have since become intrigued by the setup. not just in mirror fashion
  2. pingone


    Nov 29, 2007
    i saw a picture of this setup on here recently. had 2 p's roughly in typical j position. it was in one of the various "show your precision" threads. if i find it i'll link it for you.
  3. Croox


    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago
    early 00 BC rich NJ series have active dual p setups
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The Precision Elite II from the early 80's had them. So did the BC Rich Eagle...awesome sounding bass, btw.
  5. jim primate

    jim primate bass guitarist.

    some SD curlee model and vantage models also had the two p setup.

    i've played one or two models with it.

    big, big sound. a little hard to manage. lot of mid's.

    the elite II's and of course ox's bass(es) were active. that would help tame the thick, thick sound.
  6. I have an Electra that's being refinished now that has a double P setup. It's active with phase, boost and parallel switches. It's got MONSTER tone.
  7. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp


    aaawwwwwwwwww yeeeeeah :cool:
  8. Tom F

    Tom F Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2003
    Union County, NJ
    I had one built for me several years back. I sold it like an idiot and haven't been able to find it since, but I remember it very well.

    I had mine set up with concentric volume/tone pots for each pickup. This seemed like the ideal arrangement, to me at least. By rolling off the bridge pickup volume, the tone was 100% P-Bass.

    You could dial in lots of focus by blending the bridge pickup in with the neck. Soloing the bridge pickup provided a very focused sound that had a little more heft that your typical J-bass bridge. Lots of sounds could be had in between, but I usually used one of the settings I just mentioned.


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  9. I don't have current pics, but I'm working on this:


    I only have to do the nut & it's finished. It's an old defretted Vantage (set neck) and that's how I got it.

    I put a pair of 10K Ps on it, with good pots & switch. Everything's star grounded. I found a huge brass bridge assembly which cures the tendency to neck-dive :)

    It sounds great. Neck pup is pure P bass. Bridge is exactly the same with a *lot* more bite - great.

    Both together is wider & fatter - some of the highs are cut and it's just so smooth.

    I'll be doing the nut (brass) early next week.
  10. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    BC rich's used that and sound great.
  11. My old Eagle.........another tone MONSTER :bassist:

  12. UPTHE1RON5


    Dec 10, 2007

    y did u sell it? looks pretty sexy to me
  13. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Here's a crazy idea, has anyone ever seen/heard/built/played a bass with two single-coil ('51 style) P pickups?
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  14. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I always found the P/P setup kind of intriguing, I actually thought of installing another Quarter Pounder P into my fretless SX P bass copy, but a P pickup looks like a pain in the rear to route for. :meh:
  15. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  16. Bobby King

    Bobby King Supporting Member

    May 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I've been thinking of doing this with a project bass. Here's a couple of questions for you folks:

    On some of those P/P basses, the neck position pickup is closer to the neck than on a regular Fender P. I've noticed that Lee Sklar's P/P is like this too. What are the pros and cons, i.e. is the neck pickup more boomy when soloed? It would seem that you wouldn't get a true P sound if the neck pickup were in a different place, but maybe the blended sound can compensate? Just wondering.

    Also, for Tom F. (and anyone else), do you think it would be better to do reverse P, at least in the bridge position. It seems that the treble side coil starts to get real close to the bridge and maybe it would start getting a little thin sounding?

    Thanks for the input.
  17. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Bobby King, I have never tried a P at the bridge position, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but it seems that the closer you get to the bridge, the more pronounced the difference in sound between the E/A string half and the D/G string half would become. The regular position P is closer to the middle of the string, so the percentage or ratio or what have you is less pronounced. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether or not you like the sound!

    One intriguing option for a bridge pickup is a split coil J that has separate hum-canceling coils for the EA and DG strings, just like a P pickup, but fits into a standard J size:

    http://has-sound.com/product_images/Split J.JPG

  18. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    I have a few Basses with dual Ps, and tried several P type pickups. On my fretless Warmoth I could not get a pickup sound I liked at first as I made the routes slightly closer to the neck. This one went through bartolini Ps, EMGs and now I have 2 Alembic Activators, and it sounds fine now. I do think moving the pickups toward the neck end was too much for this instrument though it looked visually better and more balanced. But the Activators soted me out and the EMGs etc didn;t really do it for this one.

    On another Fretted Warmoth, I just used the standard P pickup position and added the bridge pickup, 2 EMG Ps in this bass.

    On an Ibanez Roadster I had another P added to the bridge, and I loved that bass for recording in the 80s and 90s - it worked for most occasions unless I needed a specialist sound. I had 2 EMGs in that one.

    I tried all kinds of P pickups over the years and the only ones I disliked were the Bartolini 8S or 8U whatever they was called. I use Barts in many other basses so why they didn't work for me was sort of disappointing.

    I like the dual P look and have always wanted to build a six string with a P pickup module under 2 strings each.
  19. Bobby King

    Bobby King Supporting Member

    May 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN

    Mushroo -- I never tried the reverse P but it seems like a good idea. I tend to pluck closer to the bridge on the lower strings to get more definition. If what you're saying is true about the ratio, then it would probably be a particularly good idea with the bridge pickup. I noticed that was the way those two "heavy metal" looking basses ;) pictured in this thread were configured -- neck regular, bridge reversed.

    Thanks for your input!

    I suppose you could also use a Music Man type pickup or some other humbucker in the bridge position.
  20. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I have 2 Elite II's and they sound great. The pickups are actually passive P's that were sealed (like Barts/EMG's) with a preamp. I also have an '80 Mockingbird with 2 reverse DiMarzio P's - that's an awesome sounding bass indeed!

    I personally like the reverse P's. When I built this Warmoth I decided on exactly this config and I like it very much. Running through an OBP-3.

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