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Adding split coil bridge pickup to my pbass..standard or overwound?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pjb15, Apr 8, 2015.


  1. pjb15

    pjb15 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    Verona. NJ
    Hello, I'm adding a Lindy Fralin split coil jazz pickup to my p bass and was wondering if anyone had any advice on which one to get, standard, 5% overwound or 10% overwound. my pbass pup is a standard wind fralin that came in my Korean Lakland bob glaub skyline. Any input is really appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. LoveThatBass

    LoveThatBass

    Jun 28, 2004
    10 % overwound will make it closer to the imedance and Strength of the P pickup
     
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  3. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Be careful, though. An overwound, hot P pickup in the bridge position can sound harsh. I've been there and done that, and wasn't happy with the result. I just completed a second "double P" build, and used the same pickup model for both. The neck pickup I put in it has a DCR of 11.0K, the bridge has a DCR of 11.3K. That works out to about 2.7% "overwound." The pickup balance is great on that bass.
     
  4. LoveThatBass

    LoveThatBass

    Jun 28, 2004
    I believe he is referring to changing the J pickup on a P/J bass. Overwound J by 10% will not be a problem
     
  5. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    LOL! I misread the OP, thought it was about adding a P pickup; I saw "split coil" and my feeble old brain went right to Precision...
     
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  6. LoveThatBass

    LoveThatBass

    Jun 28, 2004
    Feeble brain? Welcome to the club
     
  7. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    There's a club for that? Can I have a number please? Oh, wait, never mind, I'd forget it anyway. ;)
     
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  8. Laurent

    Laurent

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Depends on the tone you are looking for. Overwound pickups can get bassy and have more emphasis on the fundamental. Regular wound pickups have more overtones.
    In other words, the overwound sound more frontal, punch and direct, the regular wound more complex in tone. It's a gross generalization of overwound versus regular wound (if there is such a thing!) but that will give you another angle to consider.
     
  9. pjb15

    pjb15 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    Verona. NJ
    Thank you guys, your input is much appreciated.
     
  10. I'd ask Fralin. Call him up and see what he thinks.
     
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  11. acebase62

    acebase62

    Jun 29, 2010
    Position of the J pickup will play a role in the equation.

    If closer to bridge, it might sound somewhat thinner, and might benefit more from overwind.

    If closer to neck pickup, overwind might not be needed.

    Pickup construction, technique, string selection, other things could impact as well.
     
  12. LoveThatBass

    LoveThatBass

    Jun 28, 2004
    I have a Symour Duncan Stk2 with my Spb1 p pickup. This was suggested by members here because the p pickup is stronger than a j
     

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