Pole piece issues?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Jun 30, 2013.


  1. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71

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    I've done all the measurements, and I'm convinced I can convert my Mexican jazz v to a 6 string bass. I have a bridge picked out, and I will have a nut made from brass. It just occurred to me though... My pickups, spaced for a 5 string, might make some of the notes and strings and strings quieter or louder... Or is the magnetic field enough so I don't have to worry about it?
  2. fretlessman71

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    I'm on my Obviously something got lost in the translation with the But it ought to provide for a little extra interest as well as a good laugh for two at my expense. :-
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    Let me rephrase, now that I can TYPE it:

    My Fender style J pickups have the traditional 2-poles-per-string configuration. Will 6 strings going across 10 poles be an issue?
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    I'm willing to bet it'll be just fine. I have a close-spaced five-string with traditional four-pole Stingray pups, and it works almost perfectly (I can sometimes detect a faintness to the middle string, which naturally lies exactly between polepieces, but it's not enough to matter in practice). Your pickups, with the double-poles-per-string, will be more forgiving than mine.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    it'll be less obvious if the pickups are kept a little further from the strings.

    also, 2 thread bumps in 20 minutes? relax, dude ! :)
  7. thebandcircle

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    It all depends on your ears. I would probably hear some strange distortion. Then someone who knows a thing or two would explain that the spacing is off, and designed for another instrument. If I hear dead spots or phase issues, it bugs me.
  8. GlennW

    GlennW Supporting Member

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    Fender used 6-pole Strat pickups on the MusicMaster? bass, but they were slick enough to use covers without holes so people wouldn't panic.
  9. Cyborg

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    It'll probably work OK but you won't know until you try it.

    Also, you can always change out the "pole" based pickups with "bar" based pickups, such as EMG.

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