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Pickup spacing on a 35" J Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by gimmeagig, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. gimmeagig

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    Does anyone here know what the correct pickup location and spacing should be on a 35" scale J bass?
    I want it to be the equivalent of a 70s style j bass. That would be 4" between the pickups but for a 35" scale the locations should be different, right?
  2. Jefff

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    I am just guessing... but if it were me, I would measure from the bridge and put them in almost the exact same spot as the 34.

    I might cheat the neck pup up a hair.
  3. Turnaround

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    To put the pickups at the same nodal point on the strings you would place the centre line of the neck pickup 28[SUP]5/8[/SUP]" from the leading edge of the nut and the centre line of the bridge pickup 32[SUP]3/4[/SUP]" from the nut. You need to measure from the nut since there is no fixed reference point for the bridge because of the staggered saddles.
  4. MPU

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    Simple maths. Multiply the pickup position measures from 34" scale bass with 35:34.
  5. gimmeagig

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    Thank you very much, that was exactly the info I needed.
    I have this KSD Bass that I pretty much gutted and modded into a different instrument (including pickup spacing) and I wanted to verify the spacing. I had it exactly like the measurements you gave me.

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