1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TB Android app is working, you may need to uninstall/reinstall. The iPhone app is now updated and should work after you upgrade. TalkBass is responsive to any screen size, so we recommend using your mobile browser for full functionality.

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

P-Bass Magnets: two are reversed!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by juniormarbles, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. juniormarbles

    juniormarbles

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have what I believe to be an all-original 1961 P-Bass. I had trouble with the output level of just one string (after careful adjustments of the pick up heights), so I put a magnetometer on all eight magnets, to get a reading on their individual magnetic strength and polarities.

    To my surprise, two adjacent magnets- those for the E-string- were out of polarity with the two of the A string (of the same coil.) The second coil's magnets, for the D and G strings, were the same polarity as the E string magnets. With other words, 2 magnets on one coil are not the same polarity as the other two on the same coil.

    My question: was this an assembly mistake, or was Fender trying to subdue the output of the E string by reversing magnets just for that string?
    I have no reasonable other explanation.

    If any of you have a vintage P-Bass and a magnet handy (does the same as a magnetometer) I'd love to find out whether my bass is the only one with this configuration.

    Thanks,
    JM

Share This Page