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Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups 

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Basslines SPB-3 Quarter-Pound P Bass pickups have 1/4" wide poles. This pickup draws forth full, fat, and punchy tone from your electric bass....Click To Read More About This Product

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Maximum output, extended frequency range.

Basslines SPB-3 Quarter-Pound P Bass pickups have 1/4" wide poles. This pickup draws forth full, fat, and punchy tone from your electric bass.


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BasslinesSPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups
 
4.9

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Improves sound (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Makes your P-Bass come alive

I bought these for my Fender MIM P-Bass. Lovely instrument, but I felt that Fender cut corners with the stock pickups, and they sounded particularly muddy with my alder body and rosewood fretboard....Read complete review

I bought these for my Fender MIM P-Bass. Lovely instrument, but I felt that Fender cut corners with the stock pickups, and they sounded particularly muddy with my alder body and rosewood fretboard. Installation was a breeze, and I can say I've never been more satisfied with a guitar pickup in my life. These QPs are possibly the most balanced and versatile pickups I've had the pleasure of playing. Some think that these are "high output" pickups, but that wasn't my experience at all (try the Seymour Duncan Hot pickups for P-Bass if you want that ballsy, roaring midrange). You can roll off the volume a tick or two and the QPs sound delightfully vintage - open, with a warm midrange growl. Bass was tight and full, not boomy or overpowering. Treble tone was articulate without sounding harsh. I used to have to mangle my amp controls to get good tone...now I can get an amazing variety of tones from my P-Bass (jazz, funk, classic/hard rock) just by manipulating the volume and tone on my axe. It's transformed my bass into an amazing machine, and it's an absolute joy to play now.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The best passive P-bass pickups available

i've had these pups in three different p-bases now, a 1980's pawnshop p-bass copy, a 2005 highway one, and a 2000 american p. all of them sound better without losing the character...Read complete review

i've had these pups in three different p-bases now, a 1980's pawnshop p-bass copy, a 2005 highway one, and a 2000 american p. all of them sound better without losing the character of the instrument itself. more output (dial back the volume to keep your SVT clean). fat-but-still-round tone that cuts and punches at the same time. totally reasonable price. none of the battery-related hassle of active pickups.if you've ever wondered why your bass doesn't sound like the ones you hear on your records, it's because you don't have these pickups and guys like steve harris, scott shifflett and jay bentley do.no laser beams or anything.there's a reason everybody owns a bass with these in it. good magnets, consistent winding, quality workmanship. decent gauge leads although nothing to write home about. but the instructions deserve 5 stars alone.there is certainly nothing better for the same amount of money or less; that deserves five stars as far as i'm concerned.

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(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The best passive P-bass pickups available

By MS4006401

from salt lake city

Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

i've had these pups in three different p-bases now, a 1980's pawnshop p-bass copy, a 2005 highway one, and a 2000 american p. all of them sound better without losing the character of the instrument itself. more output (dial back the volume to keep your SVT clean). fat-but-still-round tone that cuts and punches at the same time. totally reasonable price. none of the battery-related hassle of active pickups.if you've ever wondered why your bass doesn't sound like the ones you hear on your records, it's because you don't have these pickups and guys like steve harris, scott shifflett and jay bentley do.no laser beams or anything.there's a reason everybody owns a bass with these in it. good magnets, consistent winding, quality workmanship. decent gauge leads although nothing to write home about. but the instructions deserve 5 stars alone.there is certainly nothing better for the same amount of money or less; that deserves five stars as far as i'm concerned.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes your P-Bass come alive

By Josh Lucien

from Houghton, MI

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

      I bought these for my Fender MIM P-Bass. Lovely instrument, but I felt that Fender cut corners with the stock pickups, and they sounded particularly muddy with my alder body and rosewood fretboard. Installation was a breeze, and I can say I've never been more satisfied with a guitar pickup in my life. These QPs are possibly the most balanced and versatile pickups I've had the pleasure of playing. Some think that these are "high output" pickups, but that wasn't my experience at all (try the Seymour Duncan Hot pickups for P-Bass if you want that ballsy, roaring midrange). You can roll off the volume a tick or two and the QPs sound delightfully vintage - open, with a warm midrange growl. Bass was tight and full, not boomy or overpowering. Treble tone was articulate without sounding harsh. I used to have to mangle my amp controls to get good tone...now I can get an amazing variety of tones from my P-Bass (jazz, funk, classic/hard rock) just by manipulating the volume and tone on my axe. It's transformed my bass into an amazing machine, and it's an absolute joy to play now.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Me

      from Somewhere in Florida

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

        For anyone trying to decide between these and the 62 fender reissues, I too had difficulty. I have 1 P Bass with the Fender 62 reissues which are nice for the vintage sound, and now 1 with these quarter pounders, which you can also get the vintage sound with by dialing back the volume, and I love the extra kick with these. I used a .1uf 200v K40Y-9 VINTAGE Paper in Oil Russian Capacitor on my tone pot and am very happy. My only complaint, and it's minimal, is that I had to use extra padding under these so they would set right in my pickguard. My personal opinion is that if you want the vintage tone and want versatilty, get these!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You WILL be heard!

        By toomanyguitars

        from Long Island, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Serious Upgrade

        Cons

        • Not For Wimp Rock
        • Not Subtle

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Live On Stage
        • Practicing

        Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

        I put these pickups into a cheapo sx ursa that I completely gutted as the stock electronics are garbage.The first set I got were D.O.A. and did not work at all.M.F. was great about it and sent me out a new set strait away.This time everything was A-OK and I plugged in the bass to try them out.You will not believe the sound that comes from these quarter pound pickups.Powerful cutting low and midrange that will cut through any mix and keep up with ANY drummer.These pups are the answer to anyone who thinks that they need a "bit more" because the rock band that they're in is really loud and they feel they're getting "drowned out".Trust me that will no longer be an issue.These truly are "rock and roll" pickups,and the ONLY downside I could see is if you wanted a more classic bass tone for softer styles and/or "pop" music.You would have to roll down your volume and work with your EQ to achieve that "old 60's p-bass" tone.But for rock,punk, and heavy metal these pickups sound absolutely amazing.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sound

        By Tarzan

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Large

        Best Uses

          Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

          These pickups are perfect! Great modern rock tone and clarity. Really picks up the punch and dynamics of the strings. The only negative is that they are a hair larger than the stock pickups which makes the pickguard very difficult to fit back on over it. And once you do get it back on, it makes adjusting the pickups via mounting screws more difficult as well. But overall, I recommend these to anyone with a P-Bass.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I don't know why I waited so long!

          By MS865104185

          from Oklahoma

          Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

          I really can't believe I'm this satisfied-it's amazing! I'm buying another set for my Ibanez!
          I bought these to get a better tone from my 2000 American P. I've had this bass for 10 years and never played it because it sounded like crap! When I finally purchased the SPB's, I couldn't wait to start using them. I installed these babies myself and it could not have been easier with the instructions that came with them. I'm proud to say that my Fender is now my main axe!
          The warm rich tone is worth the price- these babies outperform the crap that came with my p-bass by far!
          Well worth the price! In my mind, they've already paid for themselves

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          First upgrade a P-bass owner should make

          By BRANDON SMITH

          from San Diego, CA

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          Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

          Vastly improved the tonal range, easy enough to install and adds some punch without distortion. Great value!
          I was almost convinced that my tone knob was only there for looks before I put these in. Definitely helps cut through a wall of guitars. Pretty easy to install too

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolute must have Fender P Bass !!!

          By pbass13

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

            I have been playing professionally for 40+ years, and would not have a pbass without quarter pounders.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            nice upgrade for a nice bass

            By punkbassist1992

            from Louisville

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            Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

            i just recently put these into my MIM fender p-bass and let me just say that it sounds much better. i bought these pick ups for three reasons: the standard pick ups had a fair amount of corrosion and sounded kind of "thin", these are used in the Mark Hoppus signature bass and his tone is alot like how i enjoy sounding (super clean and ridiculously bright), and it's a seymour duncan. you just can't beat seymour duncans. this pick up made me sound bigger, heavier, resonate more, and just alot "bassier". It really gave that "kick in the chest" sound when i hit the open E. a good buy for any one who is disatisfied with there old pick ups.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tonal versatility and punch

            By Jeff-N1hUb

            from Southern California

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            Comments about Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickups:

            I am a touring rock bassist. I use Made in Mexico Fender P-Basses because they can take abuse and I don't have to worry about destroying a high-end instrument on the road. I put Basslines QP's in all my stage basses. For that thunderous p-bass thump, just roll the tone knob to about 60%. For geddy lee Jazz Bass tone, leave the tone knob wide open. For killer reggae/dub lows, cut the tone down to about 20%. With this pickup I can get a much wider variety of tones than with a regular p-bass pickup. I get compliments on my tone at almost every show and I attribute a great deal of that to this pickup.

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