High-end Replacement Pickups for a 1969 P/J bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Robal, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Robal

    Robal Supporting Member

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    I have a very nice '66 P bass that I got a good deal on because in the distant past (1970s?) someone had neatly routed out and installed a J bass bridge pickup, thereby messing with its vintage value. But also making it, arguably, a more versatile bass. It has a Gibson style toggle switch so I can play either pickup alone or combined. It's a passive set up. The bridge pickup (of unknown origin) is not very good sounding on its own and there's some hum from it. I know that Fralin, Aero and some others make nice replace P/J sets, some with humbucking bridge pickups. Any suggestions here? It's a fine bass and I would like to treat it to some great pickups. Perhaps leave the original P Bass pickup in (which is good), or replace the entire set. Any thoughts? FWIW, I don't want overwound, hot pickups, like a Duncan Quarter Pound, and would probably prefer to keep it passive rather than add electronics.
     
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    Check out some Bartolini pups, a buddy if mine replaced the pups in his P Bass with these and really likes them. They are very quiet...
     
  3. landru64

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    barts don't cut thru in the mix that well imho.

    the bridge pickup will always hum as it's usually just a single coil unless you get something specifically humcanceling. the best humcanceling J style pickup i've tried--and i've tried many--is the suhr humphrey. i have them on my 68 jazz bass and i never miss the original pickups. it will go well with your stock P pickup, which i'd keep for sure.

    i'd also check out norstrand's humcancelling J pickup. i hear incredible things but haven't tried it.

    edit: if you still have noise, have the bass shielded and star grounded.
     
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    Nordstrand is the way to go.
     
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    Fralins P bass are awesome...
     

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