’51 P-Bass

  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(13 genuine customer reviews)

$95.00

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.

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

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True '50s P-Bass Tone.

Want to learn more about our '51 P-Bass? Here's all the information you'll need:

'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

Overview

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.

Sound

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

FAQs

  • 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.

Sizing

'51 P-Bass Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our '51 P-Bass? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

3 Questions about '51 P-Bass

  1. Will this pickup fit in a 71 Fender Musicmaster bass?

    1. Hey Ricky, it’s hard to tell, but please check our dimensions against your Bass here: Pickup Dimensions

  2. I have a Squier Vibe 50 bass and I would like to put a Fralin pickup (which is very reminiscent of the sound of the 1960s Telecaster Bass single coil. Grazie Antonio ( Tuscany ) Italy

    1. Ciao Antonio,

      I would recommend our Stock Output for the ’60s sound. I hope that helps!

      Tyler

  3. Hi there I’m in the middle of a 51 p bass build and have just started on a search for the right pickup. Its proving a bit of a minefield so I wondered if you could give me a bit of advice. I would describe my tonal preferences generally as preferring a vintage sound, definitely not looking for a scooped tone. I’d like the pickup to be quite bright but full when I dig in (I have a maple neck) but also be able to do some real thump when the tone is rolled back. With tone on full I’d like quite a bit of grit and but again not thin sounding. I guess my main worry is getting a pickup that thumps but sounds muddy when I play higher up, so I guess too much clarity would be better than too little, as I can always turn the tone down. I wonder if you have any advice on the kind of pickup and winding you would recommend, thanks!

    1. Hey Dan, sure! I would recommend either our Stock Output ’51 P-Bass or our Split ’51 P-Bass. Both Stock Outputs should give you exactly what you want. If your bass leans to a brighter tone in general, you can opt for the +5% overwind which will balance the tone out a bit and give you a bit more output.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

13 Genuine Reviews for ’51 P-Bass

  1. ricky terrell

    Will this pickup fit in a 71 Fender Musicmaster bass?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Ricky, it’s hard to tell, but please check our dimensions against your Bass here: Pickup Dimensions

  2. Antonio

    I have a Squier Vibe 50 bass and I would like to put a Fralin pickup (which is very reminiscent of the sound of the 1960s Telecaster Bass single coil. Grazie Antonio ( Tuscany ) Italy

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Ciao Antonio,

      I would recommend our Stock Output for the ’60s sound. I hope that helps!

      Tyler

  3. Dan Giles

    Hi there I’m in the middle of a 51 p bass build and have just started on a search for the right pickup. Its proving a bit of a minefield so I wondered if you could give me a bit of advice. I would describe my tonal preferences generally as preferring a vintage sound, definitely not looking for a scooped tone. I’d like the pickup to be quite bright but full when I dig in (I have a maple neck) but also be able to do some real thump when the tone is rolled back. With tone on full I’d like quite a bit of grit and but again not thin sounding. I guess my main worry is getting a pickup that thumps but sounds muddy when I play higher up, so I guess too much clarity would be better than too little, as I can always turn the tone down. I wonder if you have any advice on the kind of pickup and winding you would recommend, thanks!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Dan, sure! I would recommend either our Stock Output ’51 P-Bass or our Split ’51 P-Bass. Both Stock Outputs should give you exactly what you want. If your bass leans to a brighter tone in general, you can opt for the +5% overwind which will balance the tone out a bit and give you a bit more output.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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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