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Posted by Mickster on April 27, 2001 at 17:32:08:

In Reply to: ACTIVE??? posted by Pete on April 27, 2001 at 14:32:30:

: I play an active spector bass but have recently picked up a Fender Precision.
: I'm finding that the Fender has a great low end but is a bit "Hollow" sounding. There just isn't any cut through the mix growl I get with my spector.

: Would anyone recommend I replace the stock P-pickups with active? or should I install a J-pickup (if that's possible)?
: OR should I suck it up and learn to appreciate the sound as is?

: Any advice would be great. I've been playing a while, but I'm as techy as a rubber band.

: Pete

Pete, one of the beautiful things about Fender Precisions is their simplicity.
A srewdriver and a soldering iron, and the whole thing comes apart. Remember the
P-bass is basically unchanged in 50 years so comparing it with the Spector is a
bit unfair. Precisions have a great tone, although they've always been accused of being a bit "muddy" at high volume. I used to have a '75 P-bass that had only
midrange and no low end. I replaced the standard pickups with DiMarzios and it made a big difference. I'd say replace the pickups. It's not hard at all, and all pickups come with detailed installation instructions. Dimarzios are good, but then again so are Seymour Duncan's. If you want to go active, EMGs are very quiet and have an excellent tone. If you want to install a Jazz pickup by the bridge, I'd recommend getting a new body from Warmoth or another aftermarket manufacturer where the pickups are already routed. If you do it yourself, you'd better have some woodworking experience and the right tools. For $75.00 to $100.00 you can make that P-bass sound better than it does, then, just appreciate the Precision for what it is: Timeless.


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