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

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    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

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  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    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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