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Username: shingor64

Post Number: 18
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

I'm just curious about P styled activator.

I think the other activators only differ in their plastic box sizing and I know they are all hum-canceling pickups by stacked coil design.

Now, is P made in same method?
It is originally hum-cancelling split coils itself, so it seems no need stacking.

Am I correct that J is same tone as AXY or MXY, but P is differ from them?

I'm planning to put 2P/PVF on non-Alembic bass.
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1827
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:30 pm:   Edit Post

Mica would have to respond as to whether each 'half' of the P-Activator is stacked; my own guess would be that it follows the classic Fender recipe that the two pieces are humbucking (or hum-cancelling as ALEMBIC prefers) to each other.

I've owned/own ALEMBICs with AXY's and FatBoys, as well as a five-string with the P & J Activators, and while the P is certainly Alembic-ish in tone, it doesn't put me in mind of the other two. Rather, it's just the punchiest, loudest P-pickup I ever heard. Mica says it's the loudest pickup they make, and I believe her.

But it really doesn't put me in mind of the wide shell pickups: My guess would be it's seeing a shorter length of string, or a different image of the string magnetically.

J o e y
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 1800
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 1:08 pm:   Edit Post

I have an old PJ set in one of my 83 Squier P bass and even with the J pickup trimpot turn to almost max(which is at the neck position), the P pickup still hammers through. I have twin vols bass and treble control. It's a monster sound, very high with loads of punch.

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