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Are P-bass ad J-bass pickups mounted to the body?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jacob M, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. Jacob M

    Jacob M

    Aug 28, 2004
    New York
    I was wondering if P and J bass pickups are mounted to the body, or if they're mounted to the pickguard. If they're not mounted to the body, is there any real reason to have a pickguard besides not wanting to scratch the wood?

  2. There are pickup cavities carved out of the body and the pickups are screwed into the cavities. A pickguard is used for looks and to protect the wood, but also, there are basses with routing for the pickups UNDER the pickguard and the pickguard protects all the wiring and also makes it looks good (no pickguard w/ exposed wiring would look odd).