13 Best Bass Guitar Pickups & Pickup Covers

List Updated October 2020

Bestselling Bass Guitar Pickups & Pickup Covers in 2020


ammoon Pickup Cover Chrome Plated Steel Protector for Jazz Bass Electric Bass Guitar Part Replacement

ammoon Pickup Cover Chrome Plated Steel Protector for Jazz Bass Electric Bass Guitar Part Replacement
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Steel bridge cover for Jazz Bass electric bass and other pickup with available size.
  • 1mm thickness, 19mm height, approx. 105mm inner width.
  • High quality steel material plated with high glossiness chrome.
  • Compact structure, great for protecting your pickup from damage.
  • Comes with 2 mounting screws.

Fender Chrome Vintage Precision Bass Pickup Cover

Fender Chrome Vintage Precision Bass Pickup Cover
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Genuine Fender Replacement Part
  • High Quality
  • Durable

DN New Black 9V Guitar Battery Holder Active Guitar Bass Pickup (Pack of 5)

DN New Black 9V Guitar Battery Holder Active Guitar Bass Pickup (Pack of 5)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Seymour Duncan SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature P-Bass Pickup

Seymour Duncan SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature P-Bass Pickup
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • For Steve's sound use a bass made with an Alder body and Maple neck. The tone will be just as fierce with an Ash body or Rosewood fretboard.
  • Alnico 5 Rod Magnets
  • Black Covers with Steve Harris Signature
  • High Output Single Coil Pickups
  • Steve Harris Signature P-Bass Pickup Set

Aguilar AG 4P/J-HC Bass Guitar Pickup

Aguilar AG 4P/J-HC Bass Guitar Pickup
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Direct replacement for 4-string Fender P-Bass and Jazz bridge pickups.
  • Wound with 42 Gauge, Formvar wire
  • Alnico V magnets

Fender 51 Precision Bass Pickup Cover for Guitar - Chrome

Fender 51 Precision Bass Pickup Cover for Guitar - Chrome
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Vintage-style pickup cover for Fender bridge assemblies
  • Fits 51 Precision Bass reissue (Japan)
  • Does not include mounting hardware
  • Chrome finish

Kmise A0157 Bass Guitar Pickup

Kmise A0157 Bass Guitar Pickup
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • NEW Acoustic Guitar Saddle Piezo Bridge Pickup Soft
  • For acoustic 6&12 string guitar pickup
  • Diameter :2.00mm

BQLZR Noiseless Good Balance 4 String Bass Guitar Pickup

BQLZR Noiseless Good Balance 4 String Bass Guitar Pickup
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Noiseless Good Balance
  • 4 Conduct with shield

Musiclily 95mm Open Bass Guitar Vintage Pickup Active Bridge Pickup for 4 String Jazz Bass, Black

Musiclily 95mm Open Bass Guitar Vintage Pickup Active Bridge Pickup for 4 String Jazz Bass, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Fender Chrome Jazz Bass Pickup Cover for 5-String Models

Fender Chrome Jazz Bass Pickup Cover for 5-String Models
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Vintage-style chrome pickup cover for 5-string Jazz Bass
  • Fits 5-String Jazz Bass models
  • Does not include mounting hardware
  • Note: Drilling into the body of bass and pickguard may be required for mounting

EMG J Active Bass Guitar Pickup Set, Black

EMG J Active Bass Guitar Pickup Set, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • The original EMG active Jazz Bass pickup
  • Sweeping harmonic overtones, punch and quiet operation
  • Broader tonal frequency range that adds dimensions and clarity to your bass playing
  • Low ratio of resistance to inductance, which increases the low end response
  • Solderless install system

Guitar Switch Tip 3 Pickup Cover 2 Tone 1 Volume Knobs Set Black for Strat

Guitar Switch Tip 3 Pickup Cover 2 Tone 1 Volume Knobs Set Black for Strat
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Brand New and Never Used
  • Fits for electric guitar
  • Material: solid ABS plastic
  • Includes 3pcs pickup covers, 1 volume and 2 tone knobs and 1 switch tip
  • Color: Black

Fender Chrome Vintage Jazz Bass Pickup Cover

Fender Chrome Vintage Jazz Bass Pickup Cover
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Genuine Fender Replacement Part
  • High Quality
  • Durable

The Differences Between Active and Passive Bass Guitar Pickups

Here's a look at the major differences between active and passive bass guitar pickups.

Here's a look at the major differences between active and passive bass guitar pickups.

Power - The most obvious difference between active and passive pickups is how they're powered. Active pickups use one or two 9 volt batteries to power the signal of the bass guitar through a preamp before sending the signal out of the bass to your amplifier, while passive pickups send the sound directly out. The obvious disadvantage of active pickups is that you've always got to have some 9 volt batteries around, especially when playing shows--otherwise, the sound of your bass could suddenly cut out mid performance! Nine volt batteries are fairly expensive, but they should last for quite a while, depending on how much you play your bass, anywhere up to a year on some models.

Sound- Since the passive pickups send sound directly out, they typically use larger magnets to capture the sound of the bass, and this results in a warmer, punchier tone than many active pickups provide. However, they also pick up more--you're more likely to get noise on passive pickups, so if they're exposed, clean them regularly with an oxidizing agent to avoid rust build up, and take good care of your bass to avoid noise problems.

Active pickups send the sound to a preamp on the bass, so you'll likely have more control over your tone than simply a bass and treble knob. On high-end basses, you can get a ton of options, so if you're a freak about your tone, an active pickup can give you more freedom.

Some basses offer an active-passive system. They basically have bigger magnets, but also the option to send the bass through an onboard preamp for more control of the signal. Regardless of whether you opt for an active pickup system, a passive pickup system, or a combination, the quality of the tone will depend on the bass itself, so play as many basses as you can when you go bass shopping to try to get an idea of what you prefer.

Do you have any questions about the differences between active and passive bass pickups? Post in our comments section below.

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