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Describing a Humbucker?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bass_drum, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005

    I'm wondering how you would describe the tone of a humbucker. I know the single coils (j bass) have more of a midrange bite, and that p bass pickups have a ncie smooth bottem end. I also knwo that mm's tend to sound like p bass pups when close tot he neck, and when in the signature mm sweet spot, its nice and gritty. But how does a normal soapbar humbucker sound?
  2. Humbuckers are generally fatter sounding with a little less definition on the attack (rounder, i'd say, especially in Series mode (coil-to-coil).

    In parallel mode (coil-on-coil) the attack is cleaner and the bottom is a little bit more defined (not as fat).

    By the way...P-bass pickups actually have a good cross-frequency response...it's their position combined with the usual roll-off of a classic tone control that produce that rich defined P-bass low end.