I'll admit I first learnt of the Duncan 1/4 pounder from Mark Hoppus when I was 14 and got my first bass, it took me several years as a lefty to get a bass with a P pickup rout and the first thing I did was pull out the stock pickup and put one in.
Now as a much older and much more 'cultured' musically person I will only play P basses and they have to have these pickups, I even yanked the lovely Custom Shop Pickup out of my USA P bass and put one in.
Yes they do in your face rock and punk but they have a subtle tone that many people overlook as well. You need to get used to turning your amp down a little when you first get them, they cut through much more than any vintage voiced P pickup and as such you need less volume, when running them in a rig with a boost channel you find that extra output pushes them way above any normal P pickup, not just louder but retaining all the bass and oomph that you want from your instrument.
I have 4 P basses all with these pickups, I have tried dozens of different pickups and nothing even comes close.
Bought these after having the terrible stock squier affanity p bass pups which were so bad I barely used the bass (my bass is about 10 years old so the newer ones might Ben better) as soon as I put them in and wee setup this bass ended up being on recordings and more than a £400 bass I had borrowed.
Has a high output, similarly to some classic punk rock bands which after playing these Is more than half way there to that sound!
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