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Fender Custom Shop '62 P Bass Pickups
- Flush-mount alnico 5 magnets
- Enamel-coated magnet wire and cloth-covered output wires
- Deliver the full, booming lows, punchy midrange and clear high end of the bass that started it all
- Mounting hardware included
- DC Resistance: 10.5K, Inductance: 5.9 Henries
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The Fender Custom Shop has artfully reproduced the classic 1962 Precision Bass split-coil pickup, presented here with flush-mount alnico 5 magnets, enamel-coated magnet wire and cloth-covered output wires to deliver the full, booming lows, punchy midrange and clear high end of the bass that started it all. Mounting hardware included. DC Resistance: 10.5K, Inductance: 5.9 Henries.
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If you have never changed pickups it is not difficult. I took off the pick guard, snipped the wires to the old pickups, removed the old pickups, and dropped the new ones in. Solder the wires (black to black, white to white), wrap the solder connections in electrical tape or heat shrink tube (preferable to electrical tape), and put everything back together and it was a quick change. Be sure to adjust the pickups so they are close to the strings without touching them. At first they were too far away and the sound would cut out randomly. Loosening the pickup screws a bit brings them toward the strings and no more cutting out.
Once I had it together and retuned the strings (I loosened them to be able to work on the electronics) all I can say is "wow." These sound amazing, and no hum (these are humbucking pickups). Very crisp sound, nice tone. Despite this particular P-bass being a cheaper version of the real deal it sounds amazing. Good pickups and good strings do wonders for the sound.
I have not changed any of the other electronics. I have heard that the tone and volume potentiometers are also cheap on the non-American models of the P-bass, but this sounds amazingly better with just new pickups. I highly recommend upgrading to these pickups if you have a cheaper model of the Precision Bass with crappy pickups that hum.
I was also having some trouble with a buzz coming from my bass. After installing these pickups, the buzz was still there, and it almost got worse. But thanks to the copper shielding plate these pickups come with, I just lined the entire electronics bay and the underside of the pick guard with copper shielding tape, and now it's almost silent.
Needless to say, I'm now happy my craigslist purchase of a MIM bass sounds more like I bought a much more expensive guitar. And the buzz is gone, too!
Made well, prewired to a new copper ground plate - solder in 2 wires and you're in business.
At one time I had active pickups in this 30 year old Made In Japan P bass. Run by a 9 volt battery (I routed a battery cavity under the pickguard), they were bright and "attacky", and I really liked them at the time.
Then, after some years of using those pickups, I reinstalled the originals out of a desire for change, and was amazed by the great tone. I didn't recall loving the original tone before, but this was great. That was at least 10 years ago.
Then I bought these recently to replace the original pickups. Because the original pickups sound great to me in this bass, I did this primarily 'cause I've upgraded everything on this instrument over the years - better bridge, better tuners, and I now did the electronics, thinking I could improve the instrument's tone even more.
While I can't say, "wow - it sounded awful before and now it's amazing!", I think maybe it's got better definition and clarity than before. It certainly has the traditional sound I'm looking for and I'm not wishing I hadn't bothered. I need to play and record with it more to form a clearer opinion, but so far it's everything I was hoping for, tone-wise.
I did note that the new pickups look like they're maybe manufactured better than the old stock ones.
All in all, these are the real deal, provide original spec sound, and they're made well and easy to install. It's hard to know whether you'll improve your sound in a way you'll like in any given instrument when you change pickups. But if you like upgrading your gear and experimenting, it's always worthwhile to try.