Choosing a Bass Pickup
At Seymour Duncan we’re committed to giving you the tools necessary to get the bass tone you’ve always dreamed of, with pickups for all types of basses and all genres of music. We’ve created a wide array of pickups for P-Bass, Jazz Bass, Rickenbaker, Music Man and Soapbars. Changing out your pickups can completely transform your bass into a new instrument. Many of our models come in both 4- and 5-string versions and even some for 6-string.
For Precision Bass players our Vintage for P-Bass will get you that classic bass tone. Our P-Bass pickups include the hotter-than-vintage Hot for P-Bass and one of the most sought-after bass pickups, the Quarter Pound for P-Bass which is a high-output pickup full of fat, punchy tones. The Quarter Pound is used by Iron Maiden, Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins and others. It also comes stock on the Roger Waters P-Bass from Fender, which you can hear below.
SPB-1 Vintage for P-Bass
SPB-2 Hot for P-Bass
SPB-3 Quarter Pound for P-Bass
SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature
Whether you’re looking for vintage tone or aggressive output and slamming attack for your Jazz Bass, we have you covered. For lovers of the vintage tone of the ’60s our Antiquity II for Jazz Bass will provide you with the right balance of clarity, brightness and output, as will our Vintage for Jazz Bass. If you’re looking for vintage tone but without the hum, check out our Classic Stack for Jazz Bass. If you need something hotter, our Hot for Jazz Bass bumps it up a notch to give you a more powerful midrange. If you want high output and attack for a perfect bass tone for blues, metal and hard rock, check out our Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass.
SJB-1 Vintage for Jazz Bass
SJB-2 Hot for Jazz Bass
SJB-3 Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass
Active Bass Pickups
If you’re looking to give an organic boost to your EQ with active pickups, check out our Lightnin’ Rods for Jazz Bass and our Pro-Active for Jazz Bass. We also have P-Bass actives that include our Pro-Active for P-Bass and our Lightnin’ Rods for P-Bass as well as our Blackouts for Bass shown above.
APB-1 and AJB-1
For bass players who use Music Man instruments, we have three replacement pickups. Our 3 coil Alnico will give you more warmth on the bottom and more detail on the top for a broader range. If you’re looking for ’70s rock tone, check out our SMB-4/5. If you need even more bark, check out our SMB-4/5D. It will give you a highly musical tone contour with a richly articulated bottom, lots of midrange, and biting treble minus the harshness.
Our Soapbar pickups come in both active and passive versions. Our SSB-4/5 can deliver an organic punch for warmth and power. It can directly replace an EMG® 35 or 40. If you’re looking for the gain of active pickups our 4/5 String Blackouts for Bass are designed to give you more highs, deeper lows, all with less adjustment.
Need help changing out your pickups? Click here and scroll to the bottom for our bass wiring diagrams.
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