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8 String Bass Pickup Question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DougBass, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. DougBass

    DougBass Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2010
    Rockland County NY

    I'm thinking of building an 8 string bass using a Jazz bass body and a Warmoth neck. Will a standard set of jazz pickups work well? I was thinking a set with blade type magnets would be needed, but I spoke to someone who said he used 1/4 pound Duncans with "excellent" results.

    Does anyone have experience with this?


  2. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    8 string as in double course eE aA dD gG? Standard pickups should work just fine, worst case one pole will pickup the octave string and the other will pickup the fundamental.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  3. DougBass

    DougBass Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2010
    Rockland County NY
    Sorry, yes E-G double course. thanks for the reply.
  4. rwkeating


    Oct 1, 2014
    To remove all doubt, I would just go with a blade type (non-pole piece) pickup. My 2 cents ...
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Any J-style pickup will work fine. Four-pole, eight-pole, blade, doesn't matter. If it works with four-string single-course, it'll work with eight-string double-course.

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