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Bridge and neck p/u's - Is there a difference?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Longstreet, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Longstreet


    May 30, 2009
    Bells, Texas
    I'm looking at pickups on line, scheming and planning, but mostly trying to learn. I've noticed that some web sights list bass pickups as "bridge" and "neck" or "bass" and "treble" . With some other vendors, they're just "bass pickups".

    Is there a difference in how they are made? Some, a lot, not much? Or does it depend on the manufacturer, or the usage?
  2. Basses with two pickups -- Fender Jazz, for example -- have one pickup closer to the bridge and a second closer to the neck, hence the names bridge and neck. Have a look here: http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=jazz-bass-pickups Usually the bridge pickup has stronger output than the neck pickup to compensate for the fact that strings vibrate less near the bridge. Often the bridge pickup is wider than the neck pickup because strings are closer together at the nut than they are at the bridge. Hope this helps.
  3. At least with Jazz basses, the bridge pickup is usually physically wider (1/4" IIRC off hand) to facilitate the wider string spacing at the bridge location, since the strings taper so much from saddles to nut.
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