’51 P-Bass

(12 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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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

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:

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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

Q&A (0)

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

12 reviews for ’51 P-Bass

4.5
Based on 12 reviews
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Don Schlottmann Verified Buyer

    Amaaaazing – Best pickup I have ever had, building 3 more like this and will only use Fralin pickups from now on.

  4. David Boileau Verified Buyer

    Amazing tone variety…
    …I now have on my bass project! (Fender Jazz) Kept the original bridge PUP and replaced the neck one with your ’51 P-Bass one…Totally blown away by how this thing can sound now! Thank you! Dave Boileau, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

  5. Robert Quintano Verified Buyer

    I have a Japanese “Sting” P bass. I received the ‘51 P bass, overwound. I installed it in about 15 minutes. The fit was exact. The only hang up was stripping the insulation off the wires. That material is tough, it’s like the old ‘50’s insulation, cloth not plastic. I vaguely remember my high school shop teacher burning that insulation off. I finally got (no fire used) with a fair amount of salty language. The sound this pickup delivers is superb. On stage, my in ears delivered the deep bass i wasn’t even expecting. This pickup is super quiet. I’m glad I didn’t opt for the split pickup, seems unnecessary . What can you say, real American quality should never be taken for granted.

  6. EthelZon

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  7. Phil Clark

    Fralin is legendary! I bought a Squier Classic (something or other) 50’s P Bass on CL and proceeded to hot rod it out. The first thing I ordered was the split 50’s pickup with +5 overwind. It went right in with no effort and sounds amazing! I also upgraded all the electronics. The last thing to do is new Hipshots. Thank you Fralin team for your attention to detail. You have earned your reputation!

  8. Joel Herd

    Great pickups! I got the 10% overwound P-Bass pickups and they sound incredible. I couldn’t be happier.

  9. Dieter Bauer

    Thanks for the fast delivery.
    The pickup works very well in my 51 P Bass Reissue
    and the SOUND IS SENSATIONAL!
    Thanks to all at Lindy Fralin!
    Yours sincerely

    Dieter Bauer

  10. Philip Parrillo Verified Buyer

    My 1951 Made in Japan Pbass Reissue had very unusual Pickups that looked like a start pickup.. They were smaller then most 1951 Pbass pickups. Lindy and his staff were world class in helping me with my pickup issues. Lindy himself help made a pickup that would fit my bass and It sounds amazing. I can’t recommend buying a fralin pickup more. A huge Thanks to everyone working at Lindy Fralin

  11. William Clark

    Had them re-wind the original from my dad’s 50’s era.
    Used it live for the first time, yesterday.
    EVERYONE’S jaws were on the floor at the tone.
    I couldn’t believe it myself.
    Thanks to all at Lindy Fralin!

  12. Michael Powers Verified Buyer

    As advertised – The pickup was delivered in a timely manner. The pickup sounds great in my CIJ ’51 P Bass Reissue. The sound really opened up. A worthwhile upgrade.

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