’51 P-Bass

(13 customer reviews)


Loud, clear and sweet. This is a great single-coil tone replacement for 50’s-era basses and reissues. With Alnico V USA-Made Magnets and wire, the Fralin ’51 P-Bass is great for those looking to add more definition, clarity, and extended low-end to their ’50’s bass.


Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More

True '50s P-Bass Tone.

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'51 P-Bass FEATURES:

  • Original Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Superb articulation for a clean and clear tone
  • Designed to be even across all frequencies
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


Since it’s creation, the P-Bass has been a bass icon. Known for it’s classic, deep, and fat low-end, the 51 P-Bass is the bass that started the classic P-Bass tone. Our 51 P-Bass pickup is a warm, rich, and thick-sounding 51 P-Bass replacement. Expect deep lows, warm mids, and “Fender-y” highs.

Did you know? We have a Split ’51 P-Bass Model, for noiseless operation. Check it out here.


Our 51 P-Bass replacement sounds clean, clear, and deep. Expect enhanced definition, clarity, and articulation. The Fralin 51 P-Bass replacement has bright highs and warm mids. The low-end will sound deep, rich, and fat – without sounding muddy. We’ve taken care to make sure that we enhance the most important aspects of your bass: the bass. We guarantee that you’ll love your P-Bass even more -you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.

Our Tone starts here: our manufacturing process. It allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our pickups consist of USA-Made magnets and wire. Our bobbins are hand-built using local fiberboard and incredible attention to detail. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone.

We assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. This allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Tonal Graph for '51 P-Bass:

The tone graph below for our '51 P-Bass features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.



  • What output do I choose? Good question. For the most balanced tone between highs and lows, go to the Stock Output, which is a replica of the earliest P-Basses. If you’re looking for a thicker and darker tone, opt for the +5% Output. If you’re looking for a cleaner and more articulate sound, opt for the -5% output.
  • What Magnet Stagger Should I Choose? If you have a Vintage Neck Radius, choose Stock Stagger. If you have a Flatter neck radius (+ 9.5″), choose Hybrid.
  • Will this pickup fit my bass? We don’t know! Definitely check under the “Sizing” tab for our size. You’ll want to double-check for sure.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Tech Specs

We use Vintage Specifications:

  • Alnico 5 Magnets
  • 42-Gauge SPN Wire
  • Hand-made Bobbins
  • The 51 P-Bass reads 7K.


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13 reviews for ’51 P-Bass

  1. Chris Wenkle
    Verified Buyer

    Superb replacement!

    I purchased a Fralin 51 P-bass pickup that had normal stagger, and was 5% overwound. It turned a Squire Classic Vibe 51 P-bass into a tone monster! Clarity and warmth is just outstanding, and my bandmates and the sound techs all agree. I’ve always gotten the very best pickups from Lindy Fralin. Period.

  2. Richard Weeks
    Verified Buyer

    ‘51 PBass 5% Overwound – Wow
    I thought I was a pretty fair player until I installed this pickup… man, this thing keeps me honest, sounds killer and has just the right amount of growl – which is easily controlled by the tone pot. Amazed. Seriously. I turned a carefully selected everyday player Squier ”Vintage Vibe” bass into a big stage-ready axe. Can’t say enough good things about this, Lindy., THANK YOU! Going to blow out some festival stages this summer…and my local circle of players. cheers!

  3. Billy Smith

    I got this to replace the stock pickup in a ’55 reissue Precision. The quality is great, you can see the materials and detail are spectacular.

    But I did get it for the tone, and it disappoints. The low end is rendered indistinct and mushy, and the high end a little brittle.

    Going back to the stock pickup. Didn’t like the Fralin at all.

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Billy, I’m sorry to hear that! Would you like to return the pickup? If so, please contact us!

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