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Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup

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The Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound is a single-coil P-Bass pickup recommended for blues, classic rock, garage, heavy rock, classic rock and nu-metal....Click To Read More About This Product

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High output, true single-coil.

The Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound is a single-coil P-Bass pickup recommended for blues, classic rock, garage, heavy rock, classic rock and nu-metal. Developed for the bassist who need the slammin' output of the Hot but with even stronger attack. The 1/4" diameter pole pieces add more string sensitivity than the Hot pickup. The Basslines Quarter-Pound pickup delivers aggressive tonal response with strong bottom end and lots of mids. Also adds tremendous tonal versatility to a single pickup electric bass.


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SPECIFICATIONS
  • DC Resistance:
  • Bridge: 11.81 k
  • Resonant Peak:
  • Bridge: 4.5 KHz
  • EQ: 6 / 8 / 8 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
  • Magnet: .25" Alnico V Rods
  • Cable: Single Con. PVC
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BasslinesSCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Wonderful Upgrade for a Squier Mod

I bought this pickup for a Squier (by Fender) Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass to replace the stock pickup which said Duncan Designed and did not offer the sound I desire. The SCPB-3...Read complete review

I bought this pickup for a Squier (by Fender) Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass to replace the stock pickup which said Duncan Designed and did not offer the sound I desire. The SCPB-3 has bite and power. Lows are punchy and defined and the mids really cut through the mix. The one I received is silk-screened with Seymour Duncan instead of Basslines, but it is the exact same model. Apparently Seymour Duncan makes these for Basslines. If you buy online it may come with one or the other names. I'm okay with either. Fantastic upgrade. I am really happy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Game Changer!

This version of the Duncan/Basslines SCPB series is surely a Game Changer! First off, it is the "Looker" of the series. The huge magnet slugs command attention both visually and...Read complete review

This version of the Duncan/Basslines SCPB series is surely a Game Changer! First off, it is the "Looker" of the series. The huge magnet slugs command attention both visually and sonically! The low end tones are pure and clear. The highend availability for this unit is INSANE!! If you want glassy highs, the SCPB-3 Quarter Pounder can surely deliver. Overall, it is very balanced from string to string and it gives you enough volume for any situation (Pending you have an amplifier that can handle all this pickup can dish out!). The only thing I did not care for is the Quarter Pound version tonally makes the early 50s style/Single Coil Precision styled bass sound more like a dual/split coil Precision bass. Its power and balanced signal takes it out of the Vintage Sound realm. Not bad… Just not the goal I was reaching for. I replaced it with the SCPB-2 Hot version, which has as much volume but does retain more of the "uneven" vintage tone I was looking for. Lastly, if you are purchasing one to fit a Sting, Squier or other Japanese Fender model, the V shaped bevel surround on the unit will need to be shaved off about a 16th of an inch to fit the pickup cavity of the Non US made models. If you don't know what you are doing, I would strongly suggest having an authorized repair/install professional do the job.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Wonderful Upgrade for a Squier Mod

By Green Ranger

from California

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    I bought this pickup for a Squier (by Fender) Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass to replace the stock pickup which said Duncan Designed and did not offer the sound I desire. The SCPB-3 has bite and power. Lows are punchy and defined and the mids really cut through the mix. The one I received is silk-screened with Seymour Duncan instead of Basslines, but it is the exact same model. Apparently Seymour Duncan makes these for Basslines. If you buy online it may come with one or the other names. I'm okay with either. Fantastic upgrade. I am really happy!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pickup at a good price

    By Sandman

    from Portland, Maine

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    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    I recently bought a used Squier CV 50's Precision and was quite impressed with it overall. The sound with the stock pickup was very good, but having installed Seymour Duncan pickups in other basses, I thought I'd try this Quarter Pound single coil. It made a good bass even better. This pickup gave an overall hotter signal with a nice smooth response across the spectrum. Single pickup basses are somewhat limited in the range of tones available, but a surprising range of sounds can be dialed in with the tone knob and varying your right hand placement. With the tone knob rolled off a bit I get a good clear tone with strong low end and nice crisp harmonics on top. This pickup adds "color" to my sound that really stands out. I recommend this pickup for any old school single coil bass. You won't be dissapointed, especially at this price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great pickup, great price!

    By Kris from Winnipeg

    from Winnipeg

    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    Put one of these into my 50's Vibe Squire P-bass, and wow...what a difference! The mod was super-easy (my first ever PUP mod), and the sound is a marked improvement over the stock PUP.Higher overall volume than the stock Fender PUP, and sounds good played with a pick. It really shines for finger-style players, and I even play some slap with it in my R&B band!My Squire is now my #1 bass with this bad boy installed; I play it much more than my Carvin and Washburn (which has Bartolini soapbars). Highly recommended for upgrading your lower-end bass to a higher-end feel. Thumbs-up!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great replacement pickup for your CV 50's P Bass

    By Derek Smalls

    from Boston MA

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    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    Very happy with this purchase. The stock pickup on the Squier Classic Vibe 50's P-Bass is pretty bad, especially considering the extremely high build quality and playability of the bass itself. The Duncan Quarter Pounder is a huge improvement over the stock pickup - MUCH better lower end and much beefier mids. Still kinda noisy, but that's inherent on ALL single coil pickups - part of the charm. Definitely changes the sound of the bass, but does so in a very good way, while still keeping some of the vintage sound. For the price, it's a no brainer. One warning - the wiring diagram that ships with the pickup is different than the wiring on the Squier CV 50's P Bass. Instead of completely modifiying the wiring to match the Duncan diagram, I kept the existing wiring layout and it works fine. Duncan might want to add the wiring diagram for the CV 50's P Bass to its wiring diagram library, since this will be an extremely popular upgrade for this bass.
    Not many features - it's a pickup. It does one thing and does it very well.
    Like all SD pickups, the build quality is great, especially for the price.
    This is a no brainer for upgrading your Squier CV 50's P-Bass.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Kicks a$$

    By Slimfinger-6QUwo

    from Bangkok, Thailand

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    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    After a friend destroyed the stock pup on my Fender P-bass '51 reissue, I took a chance on this as a replacement, and have not been disappointed. In fact it sounds way more solid that the original. I thought it might be muddy, like some overwound pups but the clarity is all there, with more balls. Excellent pickup.One note: On a bass like this you can't slap without risking the low E string getting caught under the lip of the pickup cover. When that happens mid-slap, you make find your pickup ripped into pieces. Solution: don't slap or else slap carefully on a 61 P-bass. Highly recommend the pickup.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great upgrade

    By Stratdad

    from california

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    Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

    I put one of these in my kid's Squire Bronco Bass and suddenly it actually sounds like a bass. This is a great upgrade -- and if you have a low-end single coil bass with a plastic cover over the pup, you might find its actually a 6 pole guitar pup (surprise!) and here is your only alternative. Fortunetly it's worth it (by the way, its a Seymour Duncan).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Pickup but not for any guitar

    By Marco

    from Baltimore

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        I pulled the old stratocaster pickup from a 1971 Musicmaster bass and put it in an old stratocaster where it belongs. I bought one of these becasue it was readily available and i didnt want to wait for an antiquity P Bass PU ...as it turns out this was a less than perfect match and the antiquity was worth waiting for. It occurred to me that this would be a great pickup for a homebuild and, or, a custom built instrument, or perhaps to install at the bridge (or neck) in a (regular) P bass for additional tones. a great pickup but not what i wanted.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great improvement

        By jazzbass52@juno.com

        from OC, CA.

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        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        This pickup rocks, I used it last night on an important gig and it didn't let me down. Rich full bass. The magnets on this pickup are larger than the original vintage single coil. If you need a thicker beefier sound this is it. Fits right in the pre-57 precisions(51-56),re-issues, and the Artist Sting Bass. A ten minute job.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big Improvement

        By Roger

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        Bought one for my Fender Sting P bass. Night and Day difference. You won't regret this purchase.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fat Funky Tone

        By Matt Allen Man

        from Allendale, MI

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        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        I got this for I bass I built to model after the 51' P-Bass sound. It has a fat warm tone with a funky feel. Highly Recommended!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Move Out Front!

        By Brother Dave-MLJxZ

        from Albemarle NC

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        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        The strong point on mine is upper mids and wicked attack. With the Ampeg head set flat, cranking the treble wide open on the instrument itself turns this thing into a flamethrower that will cover up anything anyone else in the band can do! The lows on mine are OK, but not as ?fat? or ?warm? as a standard 2nd generation P-bass. Compared to the VINTAGE SCPB1's 8k and the HOT SCPB2's whopping 14k, the SCPB3 is more in the middle at 12k and it is an edgy compromise. While overwound mine does not sound boomy at all. Maybe you get an upper mid boost too from the larger pole pieces. This is without a doubt the best looking first generation P-bass pickup going at any price and very well made. I set up a '54 P-bass with one and it has been my number 1 player for 2 years. I also have a '51 reissue 2007 model with a custom wound split-coil pickup that is just slightly overwound, but it does not have anything close to the highs that the SD SCPB3 does. So the SCPB3 is a great value, especially if you want a versatile 51 reissue bass that isn't a one-trick-pony at a reasonable price. I don't get booming lows with this pickup and have to go to the custom wound pickup for that, but I do get a very wide range of usable tones and a very good up front tone for solos. This pickup will put the bass in the foreground! This is not a split coil design, so it is subject to RFI. A nearby TV or computer monitor will generate a ton of hum for it, so it isn?t the best studio bass pickup. If it was split coil wound it would be a truly exceptional pickup, but would also cost way more and probably wouldn?t sound the same. Even with the tone rolled completely off playing with a super-thick pick you still get a pick ?clickey? sound so I always play this thing finger-style. I recommend the SCPB3 for gigging, but not for the studio?for finger players, but not pick players?and for players who want every note to be heard, but not for people who lack confidence or skill because any errors or faulty technique will come through loud and clear.

         
        3.0

        Game Changer!

        By AceCooper

        from Springfield, Virginia

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lower bevel needs altering to fit Non US models
        • Takes Away from Vintage Vibe

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

        This version of the Duncan/Basslines SCPB series is surely a Game Changer! First off, it is the "Looker" of the series. The huge magnet slugs command attention both visually and sonically! The low end tones are pure and clear. The highend availability for this unit is INSANE!! If you want glassy highs, the SCPB-3 Quarter Pounder can surely deliver. Overall, it is very balanced from string to string and it gives you enough volume for any situation (Pending you have an amplifier that can handle all this pickup can dish out!). The only thing I did not care for is the Quarter Pound version tonally makes the early 50s style/Single Coil Precision styled bass sound more like a dual/split coil Precision bass. Its power and balanced signal takes it out of the Vintage Sound realm. Not bad… Just not the goal I was reaching for. I replaced it with the SCPB-2 Hot version, which has as much volume but does retain more of the "uneven" vintage tone I was looking for. Lastly, if you are purchasing one to fit a Sting, Squier or other Japanese Fender model, the V shaped bevel surround on the unit will need to be shaved off about a 16th of an inch to fit the pickup cavity of the Non US made models. If you don't know what you are doing, I would strongly suggest having an authorized repair/install professional do the job.

         
        3.0

        Decent Pickup

        By DavidD

        from Zanesville, Ohio

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          In comparison to the factory original of a squier 50's vibe P-bass,.... It has a slightly higher output, but do not expect anything more than that.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          not crazy about it

          By Speedcrank

          from Se mass.

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Low Output

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          dont like it as much as others. i build my own basses and often experiment with pup brands. i paired this one with a big MM humbucker, and that may be where the problem lies. i use them with a tone/vol/blend switch. on it's own, the tone is passable. it's weak on the higher strings. not bad with blend at dead center but i've found the best tone rolled slightly into the MM...it just blows away the quarter-pounder. it may work well in a single-pup application but dont pair it with a modern, hotter pup...it may as well not be there at all.

           
          5.0

          Quarter-pound replacement to hot rod an "old hag"

          By Community User

          from NEPA

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          This pickup dropped right in the old Hagstrom 1 Kent series bass. I used the Vintage seymour duncan in the neck slot and the QP in the bridge slot. I set up a volume-tone scheme with two off-on rockers, two 250K ohm pots and 1 .047MFD cap. The warmth from this blend is incredible and the characteristics of the old hags neck has given me one sweet instrument. In the future, I may change the scheme to a volume-volume-tone setup like a P bass but for now I'm too psyched with the joy that I've found!

           
          5.0

          The best replacement for your re-issue p bass

          By Shadillac

          from Carbondale, IL

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          Makes the single coil P-bass sound Fat.

           
          5.0

          S.D. QP's ROCK right outta the box!!!!!!!!!

          By CharleeT.....bass slinger

          from Chicago burbs

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          Was gonna do a Jazz pick-up at the bridge on a custom P-bass of mine for more punch. The EMG's Selects Just weren't gettin' it. The QP's are hot and punchy, yet still very clean and EQ friendly. and I didn't have to carve up the body. cool.

           
          5.0

          High output for a passive pickup

          By JamMan-9AGiq

          from Canastota, NY

          Comments about Basslines SCPB-3 Quarter-Pound Single-Coil P-Bass Pickup:

          I recently purchased an old Peavey bass that came with its stock 22 year old "super ferrite" pickups. It sounded ok at best, which I probably would have tolerated, except for the fact that it sounded horrible when I slapped. I knew I needed an upgrade so I did a little research and found out that these Bassline pickups are actually made by Seymour Duncan. These are specifically made for certain modern basses, and not a 22 year old forgotten Peavey relic, so I had to perform some modifications to get it to fit. However, when it was all said and done I was very happy with the end result. I'm now getting artifical harmonics with this new pickup without even trying. That's the first sign of a good pickup. Secondly, it makes my old bass sound like a more modern bass with a very full range of sounds that I wasn't capable of achieving before. It's absolutely worth the investment in this series of pickups if you're looking for an upgrade for your passive bass.

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