We tried the reverse P on the 5 string with the idea that it might provide for a tighter B. But after the fact, I realized that this also placed the treble coil in the same location as a neck position J-bass pickup, resulting in a more familiar tone when popping the G string.
This intrigues me. I do find the tone between the 2 coils of my P pickup to be noticeably different and sometimes it bugs me - the D and G string being significantly brighter than the E and A string. I've not yet found a pickup height adjustment that will balance it out. I can of course compensate to a degree by right hand placement, but it's not always practical to do so.
I'm wondering if the tonal difference between the 2 coils might be exaggerated, more pronounced, with a hotter pickup (like a Duncan QP)? Is it reasonable to think that a more "vintage" P Pickup will have a better balance in this regard?
And if the treble coil is switched over to the other side, does it help smooth out that tonal difference somewhat? I'm guessing that people who've done this, like Lee Sklar, have done so for this reason...