Difference between (jazz) neck and bridge pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by c-ba55, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. In J-pickup pairs, what is the difference physically between the pickup intended to go closer to the bridge and the pickup intended to go closer to the neck?
  2. The bridge pickup is a little longer than the neck pickup on the American Fender Jazz, due to the strings being slightly farther apart nearer the bridge. On Mexican Jazzes, they are the same size pickups.

  3. So if you put a neck pickup in the bridge position (and made it fit tight), it would sound different than if you had put a bridge pickup there? How could this difference be described?
  4. I don't think it would be all that different of a sound, except that the 2 middle strings would be louder than the E and G strings since they would line up better with the pole pieces. The reason the pickups are different widths is so the pole pieces line up with the strings. The difference in sound between a bridge pickup and a neck pickup is mainly due to the position in relation to the bridge. The closer to the bridge you get, the more treble you get. That's the real reason the bridge pickup sounds so different from the neck pickup.

  5. Randy Payne

    Randy Payne

    Jan 1, 2001
    Also, if the pickups are traditional single coil Fender Jazz or clones, then the magnets are reverse polarity, and the coils are hooked up in reverse to achieve humbucking when both pickups are on equally. If you were to put a neck pickup in the bridge position, you would lose the humbucking when both pickups are both on.

  6. They have different amounts of windings, resulting in different resistance figures. This is done to compensate for the difference in string excursion at the two mounting points, the "neck" pickup obviously has to deal with a greater excursion than the "bridge" one.