Upgrading Fender P Bass Deluxe Special pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by FuneralSalesman, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. FuneralSalesman


    Jun 17, 2020
    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    So I've had my Fender P bass special deluxe for about a year now and I'm really thinking about changing out the pickups. After a lot of tone researching, my first choice is the EMG Geezer p/j set, second choice is somewhere with Seymour Duncan qp.

    With the geezers being my first choice, I'm concerned with the install itself. My bass has an active/passive switch. Does this affect anything with the new pups? Will I still be able to use both modes? Currently, in active mode, I have volume control, pickup pan, and high/mid/low control. In passive, (unfortunately) only volume and pup pan work. How would all this play with the geezer set?

    With those questions out of the way, is it even worth it to try and run Geezer pickups in an active setup? I know that really goes against the grain as far as his style. Something else I'd be interested in trying would be upgrading the preamp to something where I could have full tone control like on a regular passive p bass. Idk if that's even possible.

    I'm a long time player, but this is the first time I've ever really wanted to venture out to something like this. So I'll be the first to tell you, I know nothing.
  2. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    I’m not an active bass user but you can’t go wrong with the EMG GZR! Definitely more useful than the QP. With that being said won’t it be difficult to incorporate that into your OBP because of the EMG install system?
  3. FuneralSalesman


    Jun 17, 2020
    Hm, that's something else I haven't considered yet. I may just end up putting off getting a set of the GZR til I get a solely passive p/j bass to put them in.
  4. BruceG63

    BruceG63 Guest

    May 20, 2020
    I have the Limited Edition version of that bass from Sweetwater with Ash body and sapphire blue clearcoat.The bridge pickup is the 62 original and the neck vintage noiseless jazz.Not bad pickups by any means.There are pups that sound different but not what I would call much better.Take your bass to a music store and try it against USA made Fenders and you would be hard pressed to tell much difference.There are videos online that compare pups as well.