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Bartolini install - Pickup height

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by soulgroovn, May 17, 2003.

  1. soulgroovn


    Oct 25, 2002
    New Haven CT
    I've just installed some barts in my Carvin XB75. They sound great but I have one problem. The barts are taller than the stock carvin P series pickups and they are very close to the strings ( a little more than 1/8"). Bart's website says to leave at least 1/4" but I've turned the preamp all the way down and I do plan on bring the bass to a local luthier to rout out the existing pickup slots in the future so I can lower them further. Do you think there is any harm in playing the bass as is right now?
  2. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    If the sound is clear, no chorusing effect, it should be fine. If there is any distortion you will need to lower them.
  3. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    I'm using a set of passive Barts in my Std J.

    What's the optimum PU height? I've been tinkering with my height settings (currently about 1/8").

    IMHO, these new Barts don't sound as sweet as the old Hi-As. I keep thinking I don't have the height dialed in right.

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