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Which PUP for P Bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by irelant, Apr 15, 2005.


  1. irelant

    irelant

    Sep 23, 2003
    Leeds UK
    Hi all
    I am planning on replacing the PUP on my MIM P. The sounds I'm after are Andy Rourke (smiths) / Simon Gallup (cure).
    Was thinking of Seymour Duncans, but not sure whether to go for Quarter Pounders or hot Vintage.

    Any thoughts appreciated.
     
  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    For the sounds you're after, you might not even want hot vintage. You might just want vintage. (I'm only familiar with the Cure's sound of the two you mention.) You probably don't want the aggresive Quarter Pounder, which has a mid-scoop EQ profile, and would not deliver that woody, midrangey, old-school P bass vibe.

    If you want Seymour Duncan, maybe consider the Antiquity series as well as the Hot for P-bass, but other good bets would be a Lindy Fralin (expensive, but maybe worth it) or Fender's Original P-bass pickup, which I think is in the '62 reissue and should deliver a nice vintage tone.