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Checking Old Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MrBassman17, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. MrBassman17


    Dec 30, 2011
    Brewster, NY
    I'm in the beginning stages of building a 'Frankenbass' from parts I have laying around, including a pair of Basslines active pickups. Before I go too far, how would I check that the pickups are good? What I was thinking was to connect a 9v battery to the wires and check the output. But, being just knowledgable enough with electronics to cause damage, what should I be checking for? Ohms, amps, voltage? Any help on this would be appreciated!
  2. Attach your multimeter leads to the pickup leads & then wave a screwdriver over the pole pieces. It should register a AC Voltage fluctuation.
    (remember to use the smallest AC Volts range on your meter)

    If you're not getting anything, then try it with the battery.
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  3. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Or solder a jack to the signal leads and hook it up to an amp. Be sure to have the volume turned down. Tap with said screwdriver or any other iron based implement.

    I have a P/J set of the old active Basslines with the two tiny switches and like them pretty good.
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