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Best Pickup Configuration

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by allexcosta, Mar 21, 2009.


  1. P

    12 vote(s)
    5.6%
  2. J + J

    47 vote(s)
    22.1%
  3. P + J

    30 vote(s)
    14.1%
  4. P + MM

    6 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. J + MM

    25 vote(s)
    11.7%
  6. Reverse P + MM

    5 vote(s)
    2.3%
  7. MM

    11 vote(s)
    5.2%
  8. Reverse P

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Reverse P + J

    7 vote(s)
    3.3%
  10. MM + MM

    7 vote(s)
    3.3%
  11. J + J + J

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  12. P + P

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  13. Reverse P + Reverse P

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. P + Reverse P

    3 vote(s)
    1.4%
  15. Reverse P + P

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Soapbar

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  17. Soapbar + Soapbar

    33 vote(s)
    15.5%
  18. J + Soapbar

    5 vote(s)
    2.3%
  19. P + Soapbar

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  20. Carrot Humbuckers

    17 vote(s)
    8.0%
  1. Alright, I've always told others and myself that my all time favorite bass is J-Bass, so I'm just gonna vote JJ. :)
     
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Nope, not once.







    Except the one I own.

    A Reverse P/MM to be exact.




    My point was that at least 9 of those choices have P pickups in them.
     
  3. I really dig the tone o reverse P pickups, but something about the positioning on the reverse P equipped basses seemed to feel awkward for my right hand. I don't know if it's the closer proximity to the bridge pickup or what, but that ~0.5" feels strange to me.
     
  4. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Mine is the other way, bass coil is in correct P position, treble coil is flipped to the neck side.
     
  5. allexcosta

    allexcosta

    Apr 7, 2004
    I guess you're welcome to post a better, updated version of this poll!!

    ;)
     
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I could, but I'm a lazy, lazy man.....:p
     
  7. I've never played any like that, but I definitely see the advantage!!!
     
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    This was a home mod, so I got to decide exactly what I wanted, luckily, and this did seem to give the best advantage.
     
  9. allexcosta

    allexcosta

    Apr 7, 2004
    I don't understand... Do you touch the pickups while playing?
     
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I would guess he thumb plants when playing the low strings.
     
  11. allexcosta

    allexcosta

    Apr 7, 2004
    There are still people that don't use a floating thumb?
     
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    One or two.
     
  13. I use kind of a modification of classical guitar, floating thumb, the "traditional" style of bass playing, and take what I think are the advantages of each for my tonal and technical needs. I like to place my thumb between the strings. I do a lot of floating thumb technique, but I like the extra umph I can get when I utilize the pull of my thumb against my fingers. While it's not necessary, I kinda like feeling a pickup beneath my thumb, although I should probably note I keep my pickups as high as possible, so it's not like I'm pushing down. Basically the reverse P basses I've played put the pickups in an area I just don't prefer in relation to the lower bout.
     
  14. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    I do this also. My thumb is always touching something, lower strings, edge of fingerboard, pickups, or just the body.

    I had to pick up my bass and play to see what I do... not something I think about! So the usual two spots are on the low B, or between the E and A. But I'm just as comfortable anchoring it on the neck pickup or the end of the fingerboard and playing across all the strings that way.

    I don't get any power not having my thumb on something. It's wasting the pinching leverage you get. I guess if you pluck the strings very lightly it's OK to have your thumb up in the air. But I don't pluck the strings lightly.

    Anchoring the thumb worked fine for Stanley and Jaco... ;)

    When I play with a pick I rest my ring and pinky on the body. Very standard technique.

    What is there some fad about not having your thumb touching something? And what would be the benefit? None I can think of.
     
  15. Steve!

    Steve!

    Nov 5, 2008
    I picked J+MM because a Jazz pickup sounds great at the neck for many genres and the Music Man Pickup at the bridge is great for slapping.
     
  16. This is the config of my main bass
    This config provides a vary wide range of tonal choices and with the addition of EQ, coil tap and series parallel switching and volume blend...you can get all of the "Leo tones" from P-bass to Jazz to Stingray to Sabre and a few others like the Lakeland. I believe this was Leo's goal with the Sabre but unfortunately it did not sell well.

    :bag:
     
  17. GODSBASSMAN

    GODSBASSMAN

    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    piezo
     
  18. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    i said "two coils per bass, not "two coils per string". :smug:

    now you've gone and done it :eek:
     
  19. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    ok i give up, what the heck is a "carrot humbucker"?
     
  20. schnikies! how could we forget the piezo???? :eyebrow:

    and I even HAVE a piezo bass....
     

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