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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 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Improves sound (11)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

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 11 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

from Houghton, MI

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          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.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A good all round replacement pickup.

            By MCbass18

            from Wollongong, Australia

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

            I am currently using an SPB-3 in my MIJ JV series Precision Bass that i put in about 6 months ago. It was easy to install and i've had no issues with it as of yet. However, i'm not 100% satisfied with how well it reproduces a vintage precision bass tone for Motown, R&B and Blues styles. When i crank the tone knob up, it sounds a bit more "honky" then i would prefer. I find myself having to tweak it a lot to get to the "sweet spot". Putting Flatwound strings on helped cut down the mid frequency "Honkyness".For modern styles, such as Indie and Modern Rock, with a pick and Roundwound strings, it would sound right at home.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            worth every penny

            By phil-TAvmk

            from tupelo MS

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

            I just installed the bass lines pickups and was blown away, had too reset my amp...max output and killer tone. I strongly recommend them to anyone that wants to improve your sound.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just Got It

            By GerardPSNNN

            from Mexicali BC Mex

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

            if you want to upgrade your p bass, this the right way, i have an American p bass and i put this ones on my bass, the better than others at the less price.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Clear and Powerful

            By Artem

            from Undisclosed

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

            I've bought spb-3 last December and installed these into my 92 MIM P-bass and I should say it absolutely met my expectations, I was able to get the sound I wanted for so long. The tone range is like wider and richer. Great pickup for rock n roll, alternative and other rock genres in my opinion. Easy to install. The output signal is couple db higher than the generic pickup. the only thing i didn't like was the pickup would fall "inside" if I didn't put additional foam layer under it. Overall - great upgrade for a p-bass.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Glad I bought

            By Novice

            from Concordia, KS

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I replaced the pick-ups on a Westone Raider. The original pick-ups failed. They sound great.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                YES i would buy again

                By Brenno

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

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

                Used these to replace EMG selects in my Washburn. The EMG I thought would be good, but they were muddy, the 1/4 pounders gave me punch & clarity w/ much less noise. Seymour Duncan's rock. If you want to go passive, you cant beat SD.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great sounding pick up, great price!

                By Chris

                from Sarnia, Ontario Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

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                Pros

                • Look Good
                • Sound Great
                • Well built

                Cons

                • Have Not Found Any Yet

                Best Uses

                • Live
                • Recording

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

                Bottom line is that these pick up's sound great. I put them on my Fender P bass and it sounds better than ever now. I can get huge bottom end and Clear highs and mids. My bass is a lot more punchy now and for the price you will not find a better pick up.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Favorite P-Bass Pickup

                By Ronnie D

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Mid-range
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Low-end Clarity
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Not For Every Style

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Rock

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

                These pickups come standard on the Fender Mark Hoppus P-Bass. I recently came into possession of a 2003 Mark Hoppus bass (before the pickup was reverse wound), and I have to say that it quickly became my favorite bass because of the pickup. Comparing it to my Standard P-Bass, this pickup has such a higher level of attack and mid-range than the stock Fender one. I also like that it takes away some of the flatness I was experiencing on my E string (when I was using Ernie Ball Power Slinkys). Overall, this pickup is great for the rock genre and has a nice pop when playing slap, though I feel like it lacks the versatility to play other types of music. Definitely a good purchase for anyone looking to get that gritty rock tone from their P-Bass.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Put Your P-Bass on Steroids!

                By Sgtdawg17

                from Lafayette, LA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    My main bass is a Music Man Stingray 4HH, and being an active bass with two big humbuckers, it has some serious output. When I got a Fender P-bass (passive), I thought it sounded weak in comparison. With this pickup, I don't have have to make any volume adjustments on my amp when switching basses. It's like my p-bass is on steroids! Serious punch on the A-string, and a major improvement!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    exellent buy

                    By Skully wyn gacey

                    from Dunnellon FL

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

                    best pickups i have ever had. i play in a metal band and they just simply get the job done.

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