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vintage PJ pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by williamk, Apr 1, 2013.


  1. williamk

    williamk

    Apr 2, 2008
    Hi all
    I have a P I'm about to convert into a PJ, I wrote a thread about this a while back and it was strongly suggested to me that I forget about the idea and buy a PJ instead...but that's not an option and I found a super talented luthier that was recommended to me by many people and he'll take care of the procedure.
    Now I have to go pickup hunting and I need advice. My bass is a fender AVRI '57, very vintage sounding, and I'd like to keep it that way. Now I don't really know if I should keep the existing P pu and add a new J pu or get a new PJ combo pu altogether (I know P pu's and J pu's have a hard time balancing volume-wise). Which option is the best? Any good quality vintage-sounding PJ set I should be looking into, not to pricey if possible?
    Thank you!

    ps: I've used the search engine and found some info...but am still looking for new input!
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    forget "balance", that's right out, unless you paired a weak underwound P pickup with a dark overwound J pickup.

    if the P pickup you have sounds good, keep it. the J pickup is just there to "season" the P pickup, adding treble and scooping out mids as it's dialed in. as such, it doesn't need to be as loud as the P pickup.

    i recommend the dimarzio area J as having a close to vintage J tone with no hum, and complementing vintage-style P pickups nicely.
     
  3. williamk

    williamk

    Apr 2, 2008
    thanks, I'll look into that. I DO want to be able to use the j pu soloed though, without hearing a def decrease in volume if possible...
     
  4. audioglenn

    audioglenn

    Jul 14, 2012
    Pennsylvania

    a big +1 on this comment.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    the dimarzio ultra Jazz is louder, so the imbalance will not be as obvious.

    P pickups are in a whole 'nother league, though, so you get to choose between "P-J with each pickup sounding like it should" and "P-J where the J isn't weaker than the P".

    (this is why i don't care for the combo, it was always a thrown-together thing; it's the 4x10+1x15 of bass pickups :spit:)
     
  6. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    I've been through two iterations of a passive PJ setup on my 78 Precision.

    V. 1 was was a DiMarzio in the neck and a Duncan Quarter Pounder J at the bridge. Not so good. The DiMarzio was big and boomy, the Quarter Pounder was noticeably quieter, and too nasal and thin for my liking. There was a pretty broad range of tones to be gained by blending the two but a lot of them weren't real pleasing or useful.

    V. 2 happened just a few weeks ago with a Nordstrand PJ set... soooo much better and I am really loving it. The range of tones isn't quite as broad as it was the first time around but the tones I do get are VERY musical and there is hardly any dropoff in output between the solo'd bridge and neck. I have to think having a matched set with both PUs from the same manufacturer has a lot to do with it.
     
  7. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    dimarzio model p and j in creme.
     

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