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Double precision bass bridge pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by 4bassguitar, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. 4bassguitar

    4bassguitar

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    have decided to to turn my squier p bass into a double precision bass. I have been told to use a higher output pickup in the bridge, and to reverse the location of the bass and treble coils. My neck pickup is a Bill Lawrence Wilde P-46 (awesome sounding p pickup btw). The p-46 replaced a Dimarzio model p, which I am deciding to use as the bridge pickup. I originally replaced this pickup because of the high output causing my amp to clip. Through many hours of reading talkbass threads I hear many wire dimarzio pickups in parallel to omit this issue. How would this work in the bridge position? Should I keep the pickup wired in series? I'm using a rotary switch as a pickup selector. Advice would be great thanks
  2. abemo

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    Remember, given that there is less overall string vibration near the bridge, the bridge pickup should be hotter than the neck so they can balance out (greater range of vibration=louder), so I wouldn't do anything to weaken the model p. Plus, if each pup has an independant volume, or if they're going through a blend pot you can always turn it down.

    The bigger question would be how the two pups would blend tonally. I've never used a wilde, so beats me.
  3. SGD Lutherie

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    Two Ps work fine. I have a bass like that. You don't have to wire one in parallel.
  4. 4bassguitar

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    So glad sdg chimed in, I'm planning for the controls to be master volume, 5- way rotary, and master tone push-pull equipped with q-filter.
  5. Teacher

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    Bill Lawrence, like other makers (including our own SGD!), can specially wind a p pickup for bridge position so your set is perfectly matched. Just FYI.
  6. 4bassguitar

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    Well I already have the pickups, my p bass is just having major surgery

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