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pickup poles?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by natas, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. natas

    natas

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    what really is the use of the pickup poles?
    do they need to be exactly under each strings?
    can i use a single coil with wider pole spacing on a tight-spaced bass?
    TIA and more power!
  2. pfox14

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    The pole pieces focus the electro-magnetic energy in one particular spot, so they have to be pretty close to centered under the strings.
  3. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

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    I have found that it does not make a huge difference. One very popular pickup, the Bill Lawrence Wilde P46 has extra pole pieces and none of them are designed to be under the string.
  4. line6man

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    Pole pieces create the magnetic field that the strings disturb. They don't need to be spaced exactly under the strings.
  5. bonruiz

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    Thanks for this info, I've noticed that we have too much info on precision set ups and often wonder which ones really count. So I use my ears w/ trial and error to test everything.

    Cheers!
    :cool:
  6. natas

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    as long as they are single coils right? i does make a difference if they are split coils and the string is directly on top of the gap of the windings? i'm not even sure about that too so correct me if i'm wrong

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