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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-bass pickups


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 27th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought a set of Antiquity pickups which SD refers to as "57 reissues"

They come in two flavors: (1)raised A and (2)flush across.

Mine are #2.

Put them in yesterday morning and played them all day and then at a church gig last night. Of all the pickups I have tried over the years as replacements for other pickups, these are some of the best.

To describe how they sound and perform, think of all the words you already know: old school, warm, punchy, articulate, the perfect amount of that Fender "growly" thing, with the tightest, fullest and baddest bottom-end E-string performance you can possibly imagine.

The bass I put them in just went higher in the pecking order.

This is a great alternative if you're looking for a better pickup to take the place of something you don't like.




Aug 28th, 2017 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the review. Good to know. I like the sound of late 50's P's

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Aug 30th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  


Overall Seymour makes the best pickups in every category. Guitar and bass. His attention to detail and knowledge of wire, methodology and historical research is second to none. He's been doing this since he was in his teens.

Personally, I have never been disappointed in his bass pickups. Never! His guitar pickups are some of the best on the planet. My basses all have Seymour 'upgrades'.


PS: His Antiquity pickups sound old w/ all of the characteristics you mentioned. Brand new, old stock!

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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Aug 30th, 2017 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

After a short excursion with "hot" pickups a number of years, I have determined that vintage-style pickups are what I like. The frequncy content is much nicer. If it you need more volume, get a bigger amp.

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The Plankster of Love
Aug 30th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Time changes everything!

Seven years ago

(This message was last edited by rwb at 06:08 PM, Aug 30th, 2017)



Fender power to the people!
Aug 30th, 2017 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have always thought the raised A might have had something to do with compensting for the rounder fret board radius at the time.
Which makes me wonder if that were the case, why not a rised D, as well.
Since each end of each half of the split coil pickups can be raised or lowered indepedently, is there any real point, anyway?



Who is E. Sandoval?
Aug 30th, 2017 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a set of quarter pounders on a p bass that really do put out great tone. No complaints whatsoever for these pickups.

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Sep 3rd, 2017 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Seymour, Jon, and Meryln.


the master and his friends


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 3rd, 2017 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great photo.



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 4th, 2017 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  


Over the years, I have seen and also participated in numerous and numerous again discussions about raised-A poles.

Fender employees around in the 50s have also weighed in on the subject.

Then and now, there has emerged a general understanding (and the one that makes the most sense to me) that the major reason Fender produced bass pickups with raised-A poles had very much to do with attempts to cushion speakers from blowing, with engineering designed to redistribute the load of the volume produced by the "E" string more toward the midrange of the "A" string.

As you know, speakers were a lot easier to trash back in the day.

These pickups to my ears have a really sweet mid-range I have come to love and can't find in pickups which are flat across.


(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 10:07 PM, Sep 4th, 2017)

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