how do pickups work?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ScottyBoomBotty, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. can anybody give me an in-depth (it doesn't really need to be that in-depth) explanation on how bass pickups work, or give me the url to a site that does?thanks
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    Energy from the oscilating string creates a disturbance in the magnetic field created by the magnets in the pickups.

    The disturbance in the magnetic field creates a very slight electric current. The current is picked up on the wiring that is wrapped around the magnets. This coil increases the amount of current similar to the way coil in an automobile ignition does.

    The current travels along wiring, through the cable and into the amp where is it amplified to a level capable of driving a loudspeaker.

    Different frequencies disturb the field in different ways, thus you get different notes.

    IF you want more, do a web search, there is a zillion places that explain it.