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Neck or bridge pickup replacement for single pickup bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RichardCranium, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. RichardCranium

    RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    I'm looking to replace the electronics on my Cort Curbow 5 and both options I'm looking at (EMG or Bartolini) are either neck or bridge for the same pickups. Just wondering which I should choose or does it really matter or is it more a size issue.
  2. RichardCranium

    RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    My answer - it depends.

    Typically, neck pickups are wound with a little less output, and sometimes with a higher resonant peak, so as to give a little extra emphasis to the higher frequencies. Bridge pickups often are wound a little hotter, with a little lower resonant peak, to keep them from sounding too thin. Sometimes, but not always.

    So it really depends on what your tonal goals are.

    My suggestion - call the pickup manufacturer, or a knowledgeable dealer, and discuss your objectives with them. They can then make a personalized and informed recommendation.

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