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'51 vs Split Coil P-Bass?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by IMadeYouReadThis, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. IMadeYouReadThis

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    Squier just updated the Classic Vibe 50s Precision again, and now they are made of pine bodies and the price dropped $50 with 2 new finish options. I figure they realized it wasn't selling very well.

    Squier 50s P-Bass

    I've been looking into trying out bass guitar and had already narrowed it down to the 70s P-Bass or the 50s, the difference being single coil vs split coil. What's the difference? Does the 50s still have the low-mid thump, or does it trade that for clarity and articulation?
     
  2. Preacher

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    Those are two very different beast. The P bass has that Motown Thump, while the 50's single coil is more of a ZZ Top type sound.
    You might want to listen to some recordings and see which suits you best.
     
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    The split Precision bass pickup is the one of the two on most classic recordings going back decades. Leo designed it to improve on the original pickup, which was a sort-of bass version of the Tele pickup. I think he got it even better the second time, as do thousands of bass players, and millions of music fans.

    Not everyone realizes this, but the split pickup is actually a humbucker, because the two coils have reverse winds and reverse magnetic polarity.
     
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    It's hard to find '51 recordings other than YouTube or Sting. Suggestions? :confused:
     
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    the last 3 guitars I've made have been T style basses...and apart from the lefty, I have played both rightys in our trio...

    the single coil pu thumps as good as the P bass types..... in the 2 pu bass both pu's are of a similar volume when played individually, they balance well output wise....the tones have a different character, not by much though... the single a bit livelier and the split coil smoother, maybe...

    I tend to play the cream/single pu at home and the woody one when I play out... same single coil in both of them..

    there's probably more Pbass replacement pickups to try though.....

    tele bass x 2 sm.jpg tele bass day1.jpg
     
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    Are you ambidextrous? You seem to have left and right-handed basses. o_O
     
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    the lefty was for a friend's son.... I liked the look of it so I made one for myself....:D
     
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    I don't know what pickup is in the new Squier, but the older version I had greatly benefited from a pickup and control upgrade. After that I found the sound to be as equally pleasing in it's own way as the split pickup. I do like the added height adjustment of the splits and that they have plastic covers though.
     
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    Noted. When you say "equally pleasing" do you mean it's similar or it sounds just as good, but different? Also, does a decent tone knob mean that rolling off the tone can give more "thump" (a.k.a artistic mud) and thus make the pickup sound more split-coil like?
     
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    Early ZZ Top albums, like Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, and Fandango. The "live" side of Fandango will give you best out front sound of the bass.
     
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    I meant the early design was different sounding but just as pleasing to my ears. There is a good treble presence with full but defined bottom and an overall rasp. I think the rasp can lead one to think that under hard string attack there will be lots of distortion but I found not much difference than any other pickup once height adjustment was dialed in. So this is all just my opinion and experience but coming from a series of P Basses with aftermarket pickups then switching to the old style (also aftermarket) pickup, I was impressed with how nice the old style can sound. I wish I had kept that bass but it was really heavy. Can't comment on the sound if the treble is backed off more than a tad, and it should be noted that I had Rotosound rounds on my basses then. Oh yeah, the pickup I liked so much was a Rio Grande with the larger poles; Muy Grande I think it was called.
     
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    +1 - Dusty uses that single P coil bass on most of those recordings.
     
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    105CBC0C-3F8E-47DD-A7C3-B6527C149981.jpeg I have a Classic 70s Precision that I love, and recently got the Squier CV 50s Precision. I’m in love with the CV 50s!! My bandmates have all said they feel it is a better sounding bass. It really sits well in the mix and can thump when needed!
     
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