#1
I've but a quick question. One of my basses is a P-bass knock-off. It sounds good, but the pickups are noisy when I turn up the treble. If I replaced them with a higher quality brand of P-style pickups to get rid of the noise, would it change the tone, or are they all pretty similar?
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#2
While getting new pickups might reduce noise a bit, the only way of getting a rid of most of is humbucking pickups, which will change the tone a hell of a lot, but it might be worth getting some good pickups anyway to give the tone a bit of a makeover
#4
Upgrade your electronics too, while you're doing that, it'll be okay then.
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#5
New pickups and electronics would do the trick, I suggest EMG, Bartolini, or Seymour Duncan.
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#6
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New pickups and electronics would do the trick, I suggest EMG, Bartolini, or Seymour Duncan.


I am doing this with a P bass knock off right now. Doing an complete overhaul of the electronics in a P bass is ridiculously easy and can be done for easily under 90USD.

Seymour Duncan Quarter pounders are a nice upgrade to a decent P bass knock off.
#7
So are you guys saying I should swap them out for active pickups/active EQ? Because everything I've got is passive, so that's all I can figure you mean when you talk about the electronics.
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#8
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While getting new pickups might reduce noise a bit, the only way of getting a rid of most of is humbucking pickups, which will change the tone a hell of a lot, but it might be worth getting some good pickups anyway to give the tone a bit of a makeover

Precision pickups are actually humbucking. They humbuck each half of the coils. It's a humbucker, but instead of wiring it with 2 single coils, they cut one single coil in two and wired it that way. Hence the split pickup (and why the non-split single coils hum and the split ones don't).
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#9
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So are you guys saying I should swap them out for active pickups/active EQ? Because everything I've got is passive, so that's all I can figure you mean when you talk about the electronics.


No--unless you want to.

Electronics on a P bass include the two pots, the wiring, a capacitor and the pickups. Seriously, its the easiest electronic mod on a bass. And if you want to take the easy route, Stewart-MacDonald sells the wiring kits for a P bass, so all you have to do is solder the pups up to the wiring kit, and install it into your bass.