Help! Extra pup for 4 to 5 string conversion?
I just sent this email to EMG. But maybe there is someone here who can advise me? Please, any help would be much appreciated:
Hi good people at EMG,
I have just built a P-bass and I'm insanely happy with the sound I get from the EMG PX pups that I have installed.
However, I have a problem. My bass is a conventional 4-string which I have converted to a 5-string to get tighter string spacing (this facilitates my pick technique). I have seen others do this on the Internet. They have kept the old 4-string pickup setup and it seems to work fine for them. But with the setup I now have I get significantly less signal from the middle string. It seems like it's in "no mans land". What can I do to sort this out?
(See attached photo.) My first idea was to just install an extra pup in the middle and connect it serially with the other two. (Never mind the aesthetics, I don't mind. Actually, I think it would look cool.) However, I'm no tech buff and I don't know what this would mean in terms of signal, magnetic disturbance etc.
What I really want to know is if this is something you REALLY advise against... Hmm?
I know you have the P5X as well but I have already bought these, and I can't find where to get P5X here in Europe/Sweden. (Not listed at thomann.de, for instance.)
And if this isn't the right way to go, what is?
Would you be so kind as to advise me? It would make a happy customer a much happier customer.