The EMG SPB-3 Quarter Pound sounds nothing like stock pickups in a Fender P-bass. It’s muscular, beefy, and costs under $100. If that’s not enough, it’s one of EMG’s bestselling bass p’ups and one of the bestselling aftermarket P-style pickups to date.
Love that old-school dirty metal sound? EMG nails it with the GZR P single and GZR P/J bass pickup set. It’s meaty, powerful, scooped, and has Butler’s stamp of approval to boot. They’ve got the grit for metal but can ease up equally well for a variety of other genres.
Our premium pick is Fishman Fluence Soapbar Bass Pickups. These convention-disrupting soapbars feature bar magnets and multi-voice performance.
They are dynamic, articulate, powerful, and a shoo-in for the most versatile pickups, sound-wise.
Besides those options, here are our picks for the 5 best bass pickups for metal: