#1
I have a Kustom combo, couldn't tell you exact model right now (I know, I'm a terrible gear-head), and a Fender MIM P bass which I love.

I just want to upgrade my pups.

I'm looking for versaitility: I play everything from Worship to jazz to death metal.

I want a pickup with a good thick sound, but can also get punky when using a pick. Honestly I want something huge and sonic sounding, if you know what I mean.

Steve Harris SD's or EMG P/PA are what I'm thinking, but I know there are always those under-the-radar brands with great stuff, so give me what you think UG.
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#3
The trouble is not many of us fit more than one or two sets of replacement PUPs. I've heard a lot of Quarter Pounders sounding great in other people's basses. I replaced my P-pups with Kent Armstrongs, the trad sounding alnico ones and they really livened up the sound. I was very pleased.

Your biggest choice is between the over-wound darker sounding pups like the quarter pounders and trad sounding ones which are more versatile. Most manufacturers make variations on both.

For true versatility nothing beats a second pup though.

Have you thought of keeping your pup's and spending on a pre amp instead, something like the John East.
Last edited by Phil Starr at Nov 16, 2013,
#4
Quote by Phil Starr
The trouble is not many of us fit more than one or two sets of replacement PUPs. I've heard a lot of Quarter Pounders sounding great in other people's basses. I replaced my P-pups with Kent Armstrongs, the trad sounding alnico ones and they really livened up the sound. I was very pleased.

Your biggest choice is between the over-wound darker sounding pups like the quarter pounders and trad sounding ones which are more versatile. Most manufacturers make variations on both.

For true versatility nothing beats a second pup though.

Have you thought of keeping your pup's and spending on a pre amp instead, something like the John East.


Well honestly money is scarce for me right now and I've been told I can get a gift for Christmas worth $100, so I thought new pups would be nice
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#5
While I echo Phil's suggestion about electronics, I'd point you in a slightly different direction. Stellartone produce a product called the ToneStyler Bass Six, which is a replacement tone pot that adjusts the pickup's resonant frequency and allows for the adjustment of the treble roll off point. Costs about $80.
#7
Quote by Ziphoblat
Check out the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder.


Can personally recommend these. Turned my poop-sounding knock off p-bass into a clear, punk rock capable bass with a professional sound
#8
I personally like the Dimarzio Split-p. They're pretty high gain, and each half is a complete humbucker. I've used a bass with these pickups in church before as well so they're also well suited for worship settings.