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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 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Professional musician (3)

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They Make a Difference

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best upgrade there is for your Pbass

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from Detroit

About Me Professional Musician

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        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.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lots of mids

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        from Metro-Detroit

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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.

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          sounds as good as any american fender

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          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

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good tone, but noisy

          By 

          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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sound - Great Price

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            from Kansas Plains

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            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

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My absolute favorite bass pickup

              By 

              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.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                They Make a Difference

                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.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Modern Classic

                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.

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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

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                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.

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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Oh yeah, that P-bass sound!!!

                By 

                from Kittanning, PA

                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.

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