Exposed Pole Pieces

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by foolfighter24, Oct 6, 2001.

  1. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    Ok guys, a question for you all.

    I like to play hard. But, with my P pup, with exposed pole pieces, I tend to get a fair amount of pop that is not good. Makes slap difficult as well. I usually try and play closer to the bridge(I play almost all styles-finger, pick, slap, etc) but this creates a sound that I am not as fond of(the pick sounds Good on a great day), or I will turn up my J pup, which creates some noise, and to reduce the pop, I have to turn it up so loud that it sound is meh with my fingers and just plain ugh with the pick.

    One thing I am going to do is raise my action a little. I image this would help, at least a little.

    But, with my hard, digging technique, are the exposed pole pieces on my P pup hurting me in the pop area? I played an Ibanez at my local store the other day that had soapbars (Housing some HBs, I do believe) and no such sounds were made, even when I was purposely trying to. I did a search with my title as my search title, and found 8 threads, so that didn't help at all, barring one post that quickly said that pole pieces seemed to create more pop.

    Now, if they do help in making that pop, what are some P style pups that don't have exposed pole pieces?

    Thanks a ton!:cool:
  2. Ok,

    the popping is in fact your string poking up against the polepiece..
    that means you're slapping in the wrong place.. slapping is done on the last fret.. if you do it any lower, you'll lose the " poing " effect, and get a " bump ".. try it.. last fret on your neck, that's the place to smack them stringies down :)
  3. Bartolinis dont have exposed pole pieces. I would look at your technique and your pickup height first off.
  4. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    Ok, that is helpful for slap. I have adjusted my pickups many times. That really has helped me out. But I don't play slap except for fun. I play pick and finger live at my church, and I get these sounds. So I am basically just wondering if non exposed pole pieces on a pickup would be a good way of solving my problem. Thanks.
  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    i'd take a good hard look at your technique and setup before buying anything new.

  6. Gallient Knight

    Gallient Knight Guest

    Jul 31, 2001
    Milford CT
    I'll second the votes for technique and hand placement. YES covered pickups will "REDUCE" the poping/clicking noise in most cases to something inaudible. EMG and Bartolini both have covered P pick ups. If you want a cheap way to test buy some used P pick ups off ebay or something and see what happens. In most cases if you don't like them you can resell them and sometimes even make money on the deal.