The Precision Bass's incredible impact on modern popular music cannot be stressed enough. While it traditionally featured split-coil pickups (two halves of a single-coil pickup) to give it its fat and crisp signature sound, it didn't take long before companies started to make their own pickups to fit the Precision. Just look through this catalog and you'll see that respected manufacturers like EMG, DiMarzio, JBE and Seymour Duncan are dedicated to anyone who wants to customize their Precision bass sound.
For a better idea of which Precision bass pickup will best suit the tone you're hoping to achieve, you'll definitely want to take a closer look at each option. Starting with the more popular items is a great way to kick off your search, and the DiMarzio DP127 Split P Replacement Pickup for Fender P Bass is ideal for anyone who wants a crisp attack that rings loud and clear. Each half of the unique, double blade pickup is a complete humbucker and it's also EQd to broaden the range of your bass by extending both the low- and high-end response. Whether you play with your fingers or a pick, the Split P will certainly highlight the strongest traits of your bass-playing performance.
Or, maybe you're trying to move even closer to the sound of a vintage Fender Precision from the early '60s. If this sounds like what you're after, then the Fender Original 1962 P Bass Pickup is just the answer. These pickups are accurate reproductions of the pickups that were used on the American Vintage '62 P Bass. Made with flush-mounted Alnico V magnets, enamel-coated magnet wire and cloth output wires, the sound of these pickups is snappy, huge and perfect for any musical style.
If this section proves anything, it's that no matter how many opinions differ when it comes to bass tone, the unmistakable look and feel of a Precision Bass is preferred by bassists more often than not. Customizing or replacing your current pickups is a great way to freshen up your Precision sound, and as you can see from these options, there's no better time than now to make a change in your tone.