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DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass Black

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Breathe new life into any bass.

This hum-canceling 2-piece pickup brings big, punchy sound that adds gain and solid tone to P Basses. It accurately reproduces the sound of your bass and cuts through the band without sacrificing bottom-end power. Gutsy midrange growls when the bass is pushed hard. Combine the Model P with a DiMarzio Model J at the bridge for a killer range that includes warm bottom, tight midrange, and bright, clear attack.

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  • Hum-Canceling 2-piece pickup
  • Brings big, punchy sound that adds gain and solid tone to P Basses
  • Gutsy midrange growls when the bass is pushed
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DiMarzioModel P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Improves sound (9)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Old school grinding beef!

I replaced the pups on my Matt Freeman sig Squier because they sounded very thin and disappeared in the mix of my loud band. Only took one rehearsal to make my mind up. I...Read complete review

I replaced the pups on my Matt Freeman sig Squier because they sounded very thin and disappeared in the mix of my loud band. Only took one rehearsal to make my mind up. I dropped these in with no problem and was off to the races. The sound was great! Much more beef than the stock pups but the classic grind stayed intact. I adjusted the pole pieces to even out the string outputs - it really works! I chose the cream colored pups which look great on the antique white body and black pickguard. I'm very happy with the transformation of sound and the cool, '70s look really just makes me happier.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good tone, but noisy

I like DiMarzio pickups, I had a Musicmaster with a DP-120 that I thought was fantastic. When I was looking for P-Bass pickups, I immediately thought of these.

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I like DiMarzio pickups, I had a Musicmaster with a DP-120 that I thought was fantastic. When I was looking for P-Bass pickups, I immediately thought of these.

Now that I have them, I'm not sure I'd get another set. They have a great sound - bright and articulate, with a good, solid low end, but they are noisy as hell. I'm pretty decent with shielding and have another P-Bass and a Telecaster that are virtually noise-free, but I cannot get rid of RF hum from dimmer-switches and fluorescent lights with these.

At low practice volumes I've been able to make the hum virtually inaudible, but if you crank it up and take your hands off the strings, you're gonna hear some lines-hum. I'm able to live with it by using good control of the volume knob when not playing, and by keeping fingers on other strings when playing open notes, but at times I still find it irritating.

If you like playing Rock loud, and you don't mind some hum, or are able to control it, these are great. Not sure I'd recommend them otherwise though.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best upgrade there is for your Pbass

By Dunawayisgod

from Detroit

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

If you're considering any sort of upgrade to your P Bass, look no further. These pups retain the classic fender tone, the double the output volume by 50%, if not more.
I've seen reviews that say these are noisey? Couldn't be further from the truth. Have a pro install them for you, shied the cavity properly, and you will most likely (like me) forget to turn your rig off, while its cranked, put your bass on its stand and walk away.
Then come back in the room, and realize what you've done. What I'm saying is, the pups give of NO NOISE AT ALL. Don't spend more money because you think a big price tag means quality. These are as good as they get. I have 3 P's... And 3 sets of Dimarzio Model P pups in them all. As long as they make them, I will put them in my P's. Best out there, no contest.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sounds as good as any american fender

By bassman1234

from phoenix az

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

installed on a squire pbass, improved the sound 100% now this is one of my go to basses. i'm 72 years old,been working with many groups for over 50 years,and still going strong

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They Make a Difference

By Ken Robbins

from NH

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Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

Made my bass sound just like I wanted it too. Not many can say that.
You can't do much for features on a P-bass pickup, but the option of parallel wiring and the allen wrench polepieces are pretty nice.
When I first put these in, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. The tone change didn't seem too great from the old Korean pickups that were in the thing. But then, I played with my band, and it really, really, really came through. Even my drummer/brother commented on how good it sounded... And for those of you who don't have brothers, a complement from a teenage one is rare.
Its tone is hard to explain. It's perfectly fat and warm without turning to mud with my 15inch speakers from the late 70's and ample gain with the low control cranked. Now, you could think that means thin sounding, but no! The low frequencies are there even without the controls dimed, but just not thickly so.
It's also very sensitive to changes in technique. With a pick it booms, with a finger it m'wahs.
I'm jewish, so the first thing I look for is price. When I saw $60 for a pickup, I had a feeling that was the one I was going to get. Couldn't do anything better for $60 to a P-Bass.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage P sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

I own A standard ( MIM)p bass, after installing these pickups it sounds like a vintage Fender, It's great for that Deep Motown Bass sound we all love, or versatile enough for rock, blues or jazz,. This is a must buy!! dont spend twice as much on an American Pb ass when you get a MIM fender and upgrade! I would put my bass against any P bass!!! and I mean any!! Bass players always come up to me to ask how I get that deep deep growl, they tell me it sounds Like I'm playing a vintage bass going through a tube amp!! And I'm Loving it!Get these pickups

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh yeah, that P-bass sound!!!

By Hep the Hammer

from Kittanning, PA

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Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

I installed these in a Precision Lyte bass that I own and it made a huge difference. I'm not real crazy about this particular bass because it doesn't quite have the guts and growl that my regular P-bass has. However, after installing these DiMarzio P bass replacements pickups it sounds great! I'm actually enjoying the sound now. I have used Seymour Duncan quarter pounders up to this point. The DiMarzios sound just as good, are cheaper, and in my opinion, better made. You won't be disappointed.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

make your mim p bass sound like a 60's p

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

I have used dimarzio's for 15 years in my p bass, I have tryed everything and this is the pickup that stand's out from all the rest, the dp 122's, for me this is what i use.stage, or studio trust me Ive been a player for 40 years.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My absolute favorite bass pickup

By Upright Joe

from Columbus, Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Articulate
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Inexpensive
  • Punchy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

    I've used two of these pickups now on two different basses and I absolutely love it. It's super punchy, articulate, and bright. It sounds great for both slap and fingerstyle playing. I am flabbergasted that an inexpensive passive pickup sounds this good.

    I currently have a .087 μF capacitor on my tone control and find the full range to be useful. I think a .100 μF capacitor might be better though. This is a very bright pickup so I'm almost always rolling a bit of trebel off.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Sound - Great Price

    By Deek

    from Kansas Plains

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

      Punchy articulate P-Bass tone with added output with more mids than traditional P-Bass PUs. Recommended for folks who rock and looking to add that gain and mids to their sound - think of it as traditional P-Bass tone with more clearity and sits better balanced in the mix.
      I really like the wiring option to add a Series/Parallel switch for additional tone options = great option for slap or just something different. I used a .47 tone cap but will be changing to a .87 value to relax the mids more. I highly recommend swapping out the pots/cap for nice quality 250k pots if not already installed. The PU, pots, output jack, tone cap and switch = less than 90 bones.
      Quit thinkin' 'bout it and get 'em. -Deek

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Modern Classic

      By bass4life

      from Holland, MI

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      Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

      I recently purchased a '67 Tiesco Del Rey (which was very much like the first bass I ever had) and completelt rebuilt and customized it. I put a DiMarzio Model P in the middle and a DiMarzio Model 1 at the neck. This P pickup is amazing. It has a lot of full bottom end, while at the same time retaining that P bass punch. I'm sold.

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best P pickups Ever!

      By Mr. Scary

      from New York

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      Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

      I started out playing on an old Fender P bass. An unknown bassman. The bass needed lots of work. This pickup was just the thing. Now I am known as Mr. Scary, the bass is known as Bell to my fans, and is just as famous as I am in my home state! So if you have a P bass and it needs love give it the the old DM shot in thr arm!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lots of mids

      By Detroit Stranger

      from Metro Detroit

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

        I replace stock USA pbass PUPs with these and was quite pleased with the increased mid range response I prefer a Pbass with a rolled off tone knob, so I needed to get as much of the mids back as possible. It is sometimes hard to hear the difference between pickups since it can be easy to think it sounds different when it doesn't. You will notice a slightly more gainy punch which will not sound wonderful through headphones, but it will sound quite nice through your amp. They are slightly darker than a stock PBass pickup. These are a great upgrade for a little bit of money.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Old school grinding beef!

        By Squish

        from Atlanta

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

          I replaced the pups on my Matt Freeman sig Squier because they sounded very thin and disappeared in the mix of my loud band. Only took one rehearsal to make my mind up. I dropped these in with no problem and was off to the races. The sound was great! Much more beef than the stock pups but the classic grind stayed intact. I adjusted the pole pieces to even out the string outputs - it really works! I chose the cream colored pups which look great on the antique white body and black pickguard. I'm very happy with the transformation of sound and the cool, '70s look really just makes me happier.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lots of volume!

          By Eighty Eight Fingers

          from Massachussetts

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

              I got this pickup to upgrade an SX Ursa 1 bass from Rondo Music. This pickup is LOUD. And lots of bass. I selected this one because it had equal amounts of bass and mids, prefer not to use "scooped" pickups, at least for a "P Bass". Very good tone, and much louder than my bass with J pickups. For my Ampeg SCR-DI that I use for practicing with headphones, I'll need to set it for "passive", this pickup is overloading it some! The parallel mode seems a bit scooped, and less bass, and the series mode is the loud, bassy one.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good tone, but noisy

              By lagerratrobe

              from Seattle

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

                I like DiMarzio pickups, I had a Musicmaster with a DP-120 that I thought was fantastic. When I was looking for P-Bass pickups, I immediately thought of these.

                Now that I have them, I'm not sure I'd get another set. They have a great sound - bright and articulate, with a good, solid low end, but they are noisy as hell. I'm pretty decent with shielding and have another P-Bass and a Telecaster that are virtually noise-free, but I cannot get rid of RF hum from dimmer-switches and fluorescent lights with these.

                At low practice volumes I've been able to make the hum virtually inaudible, but if you crank it up and take your hands off the strings, you're gonna hear some lines-hum. I'm able to live with it by using good control of the volume knob when not playing, and by keeping fingers on other strings when playing open notes, but at times I still find it irritating.

                If you like playing Rock loud, and you don't mind some hum, or are able to control it, these are great. Not sure I'd recommend them otherwise though.

                 
                4.0

                DP122 pickups

                By Deacon

                from Geneseo, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • solid low end tone.

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

                  I bought these to replace another aftermarket brand I'd installed.
                  I've used this brand for guitar pickups over the years and have been happy. I thought I'd try the Bass pickups.I am most pleased with the tone. These Bass pickups are of the same standard. Defintely recommend.

                   
                  5.0

                  Don't question, just buy!!!

                  By BHP11

                  from KCMO

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

                    I put these in my old squier I love and these brought it to life! Sounds great and I could not be happier

                     
                    5.0

                    Yes I would definitely buy them again.

                    By Milkman

                    from Dover, Ohio

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about DiMarzio Model P DP122 Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass:

                      I put them in my squire bass and now it's equal to a fender p bass. You can not tell the difference in sound. Not bad for a difference of the money.

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