’51 P-Bass

  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(18 genuine 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 About Lead Choice

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.

True '50s P-Bass Tone

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’51 P-Bass FEATURES:

Since its creation, the P-Bass has been a bass icon. Known for its 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.

  • 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



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.


Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our '51 P-Bass.

Stock Ohm Reading:7.2K
String Spacing:17.5mm (Magnet to Magnet)
Magnet Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5
Bobbin Material:USA-Made Fiberboard
Magnet Polarity:North To Strings
Coil Direction:Clockwise (from Ground to Hot)
Recommended Cap Value**:0.02mfd

**We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


Lindy Fralin '51 P-Bass Dimensions

'51 P-Bass Questions And Answers:


Have a question about our '51 P-Bass? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible. If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.

    Can you make a custom “set” of these as RWRP? I have a build where I am mating an original ‘68 Telecaster Bass neck on an aftermarket body and will have it as a double pickup setup. I will also likely want the bridge pickup wound 5% over. Since I know they will both be the same size, I’m sure which one is wound 5 over doesn’t matter. I have purchased a lot of your bass pickups and even a pre made Strat pick guard, so I hope you will be ... Read more
  1. Q Can you make a custom “set” of these as RWRP? I have a build where I am mating an original ‘68 Te...... Read more
    A Hello Richard, yes! We can make two of these as a RW / RP Pair. Please use the "notes" field on the checkout screen to request, and we'll make it custom! - Tyler
  2. I hace Fender 2004 Sting '54 p-bass precisión Bass MIJ Choose stock? Thanks
  3. Q I hace Fender 2004 Sting '54 p-bass precisión Bass MIJ Choose stock? Thanks

    Hey Jose, yes we normally recommend our Stock output for the most traditional tone.

  4. What output do I choose?
  5. Q What output do I choose?
    A 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.
  6. What Magnet Stagger Should I Choose?
  7. Q What Magnet Stagger Should I Choose?
    A If you have a Vintage Neck Radius, choose Stock Stagger. If you have a Flatter neck radius (+ 9.5?), choose Hybrid.
  8. Will this pickup fit my bass?
  9. Q Will this pickup fit my bass?
    A With the release of some Asian models, the sizing of the '51 P-Bass Rout has changed a bit over the years. Please be sure to double-check our "Sizing" tab to refer to our exact dimensions before ordering. We can make small adjustments to the fiberboard if any discrepancies are found.


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18 Genuine Reviews for ’51 P-Bass

  1. Kim Hebert
    Verified Buyer

    Pickups are installed & sound great?

  2. Matthew Roberts
    Verified Buyer

    Bought a Fralin 51p to replace the stock pick up in a squire. This pickup is way more responsive to changes in playing dynamics and the tone is phenomenal.

  3. James Nicol
    Verified Buyer

    I purchased the 51 p-bass regular wound pick up for a Squire P bass i picked up. I have absolutely have fallen in love with this pick up. Every gig I get complements on how well the Squire bass sounds and cuts in the mix. When recording this is my go to bass. It has such range just by playing with the tone knob. I play everything from country to punk rock and this pick up gives me the exact tone I need.

  4. Pinflap
    Verified Buyer

    Outstanding performance and quality. Service is always top notch. I like this pickup better than the original actually. Less noise, more clarity, and just a better tone all the way around. I have a couple of these in “51 builds, and they always garner compliments.

  5. Jay west

    Hey guys,, I installed 2. 51+5s in my jazz bass and it kicks like nothing on the planet. I have almost a dozen different bass guitars and this one is outstanding! Thank you for making these pick ups it really have to try it both of them! The bass it’s a 63 jazz bass so it has the great wood that you really can’t find any more

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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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