Originally Posted by Groover
Hello, has anyone ever expiremented with adding either a J pup to compliment a Fender Precision single coil setup (think Sting RI bass), or maybe even adding a second single coil pup to the bridge position? Would that make the single coils hum cancelling?
Or even... adding a single coil pup at the bridge position to a regular P bass?
Advice? Thoughts? Soundclips
Just thinking out loud here... Contemplating a new project.
If you want them to be humcanceling, you'd have to pick a pickup that is oppositely wound and oppositely magnetized.
For the magnetization test, if you put the pickup's tops near each other, they'd have to attract. In case they don't, but your new pickup has a bar magnet on its underside, you could simply flip the magnet upside down and that'd correct the magnetic polarity.
For the wiring test, once you've confirmed the magnetic polarity is right, you'd just have to wire them in parallel like a Jazz bass and hear - if it sounds hollow and bassless, you need to swap the hot and ground on either the new or the old pickup. If it then sounds nice and full, you've got them electrically in order and you're good to go.
I have no idea how two SCPB (single-coil precision bass) pickups would work tonally, I only remember seeing one bass using them, a Bob Daisley signature bass that's hard to get a hold of these days. On googling I also found this thread
, you might want to read that, too. I also seem to remember someone using a SCPB neck pickup and a Nordstrand Big Single bridge pickup - definitely unusual, but I don't recall ever hearing soundclips.