What does it take to convert a P bass to a J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Aceman, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    Besides a J pickup?

    If there is a cool P bass that I would like to turn into a P/J, is this like a do-myself kind of thing?

    - Get pickup / Mount it
    - Drill hole for wires
    - Get blend knob, or switch,
    - Move Jack to side....

    Missing anything?
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  3. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    Routing? Those are not face mounts? That sucks....
  4. Some drilling, some routing, some soldering. Possibly some finish touch up depending on how well the routing and drilling went. There are surface mount pickups but I have not seen any Jazz style pickups that are meant to be surface mount.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2020
  5. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Yes it’s possible but why would you? Seems like a long way to go.
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The same thing that is done to change a P-bass to a PJ-bass, plus re-routing the P-position to accommodate a J-neck pickup.

    Why don't you just turn it into a PJ, as that is more conventional, gets the broad tonal spectrum of a J (the whole reason studio musicians in Los Angeles had J-bridge pickups added starting a couple of generations ago), then get a more growly P-pickup, like a DiMarzio Model P
  7. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    D'oh! Sorry - I meant PJ.
  8. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    thinking this over...i don't recall ever having seen a 'face-mounted' pickup for bass guitar. i do recall lace sensor marketing a dobro surface-mounted pickup as applicable to acoustic bass guitars. Dobro Neck Sensor - Round Neck - 3/8

    where would one find a surface-mount bass guitar pickup?

    edit: well, raise my rent: Lace Ultra Slim Acoustic Bass
  9. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    I never looked that close at a J on a P. Thought maybe people just bolted that sucker on there.