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A slightly dumb question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by nemo137, Aug 6, 2001.


  1. what exactly is the difference between humbucking pickups, soapbar pickups, and quarter pounder pickups? i'm looking at basses and i keep hitting those terms and i can't tell the difference.
     
  2. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    `taint dumb, Cap'n Nemo :)
    • Humbucker As the name implies, a pickup designed to
      cancel or "buck" hum (problem in single coils). This involves
      two coils wound in opposite directions. A Jazz bass is an
      interestin' example. The two pups are actually "one" humbucker,
      `cause the bridge unit is 'reverse' wound from the neck unit.
      Now all that goes out the winder when ya' get "stacked"
      (humbucking) Jazz pickup replacements. Some of the E.E. fellas
      here could give ya' a much more detailed explanation.
    • Soapbar`Cause it looks like a bar o' soap :(...no, not
      them fancy hotel soaps shaped like a li'l duck or somethin' :p.
      The internal configurations are numerous. Download the
      2001 Bartolini catalog (pdf!) and you'll see what I mean.
    • ¼ Pounder This is a Seymour Duncan model. It's named
      this way`cause of the LARGE ¼" polepieces.
    S/D ¼ Pounder and RioGrande pickups for Precision Bass...

    *note the relative size of the polepieces

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  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Just to add to notduane.

    Humbucker is a type of pickup. It refers to how the pickup is actually made. What's inside.

    Soapbar refers only to the shape. How it looks. In fact, many soapbars are humbuckers.

    Pickups come in a variety of different shapes and designs for a variety of sounds and uses. Don't worry about asking specific questions if you want to know more about pickups. We enjoy sharing all of this useless knowledge!!!

    Chas