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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Apr 5, 2006.
How importent is pick up placement to you when choosing a new bass?
It's very important to me.
I generally prefer one pickup in roughly the usual P-bass to Stingray positions. I have nothing against two pickup basses, but I feel that with only one pickup you concentrate on your playing and getting your sound with your hands rather than control tweaking.
My Ibanez EDA905 has one magnetic pup and piezos; that combination sounds nice. I use just enough of the piezos to accent the mag pup.
For me, I can say that that's one of the reasons why I don't like P-basses. When I'm playing regular fingerstyle on a fretted bass, my fingers (index and middle) are always two and a half inches far from the bridge. In a P-bass, there's no pickup at that point and I need to feel a pickup under my fingertips since it works like a ramp for me (well, maybe installing an actual ramp in a P-bass would be a solution). Anyway, as far as I have a pickup at that spot, it's OK for me.
Pickup placements pretty important, as I play near the bridge and like to anchor my thumb to a pickup.
Next to neck feel, it's very important.
I prefer the sound of one pickup, placed in desired spot.
Think P-bass, Musicman, AJ Fodera bass.
Also G & L L1000.
I want to get sound from my hands not multi-pickups.
I installed a thumbrest on mine!
Regarding the original question, to me pickup placement and type is probably _the_ most important aspect, to me.
While I love my two pickup basses (Fender Jazz and DiPinto Belvedere), I largely agree with this, and I've gravitated toward P-basses over time partly for this reason. Moreover, pickup placement has a huge impact on tone, so otherwise similar instruments can sound very different by changing this variable.
Case in point: G&L L-2000 vs. L-1500. They have similar bodies (L-1500 slightly smaller) and the same MFD humbuckers, but the L-1500's sinlgle MFD is in the "sweet spot" between the bridge and neck pickup positions on the L-2000. As a result, it has wicked growl and punch, and sounds quite different from the L-2000 to my ears. It can't duplicate the deep old-school P-bass vibe of the L-2000 with neck pickup soloed, but the L-2000 can't possibly sound like the L-1500 either. They're different beasts. (Apparently their preamps are slightly different, but I think most of the tone difference is from pickup placement, because it's equally apparent in passive mode.)
So, even though I respect the L-2000's flexibility and love some of its tones, I've ordered an L-1500 to get that aggressive punch, and keep some of the minimalist P-bass vibe.
Not important at all.
Unless I'm contemplating some weird design, which is never the case.
Super important. I've learned the hard way that movement (especially in the case of a bridge J pup) of even 1/2" can make a big difference. Others may disagree and that's fine, but for me it's a major factor in why I like the "60's" J placement over the "70's".
I use the floating thumb technique when playing so I never look to see if the pickup is convenient for anchoring. If I can get a great tone out of the bass then that is most important to me. Most of my basses have two pickups and all have the neck pickup pretty much where the precision pickup exists on a Fender so I would guess that subconsciously that is one of my preferences.
Placement is honestly not very important to me... sound > placement.
+1000. More important than wood, more important than preamps, more important than nearly anything I can think of on a bass.
Toooootally. The bridge pickup is where I make my home.
Tone and playability are the only things that I worry about.
it's kinda important to me. i generally like jazz pickup placing, or any dual pickup (one neck, one bridge). it gives me the option of playing aggresively at the bridge or going to the neck for a less aggresive sound.
Kinda important to me - usually anchored at the neck pup.
I mean, no real problem as my thumb drifts between strings, but when playingon the E its essential.
Very important to me, but for a different reason: I need the space between them to be wide enough to get a decent-sized ramp in there. I've actually considered selling my Bongo because the ramp is a bit narrower than I prefer it to be.
I also usually don't like the tone of a pickup placed right at the end of a fingerboard.
Very, all my current basses have MM style pups. Except my first bass, my jazz.
i like the pickups to be farther back by the bridge, but i have have nothing really against any other position as long as it sounds good and is playable. like my ric, the bridge pickup i think could be a little farther back, but at least it has the big metal plate to rest my thumb on so i can play farther back by the bridge. playablity is probably more important to me, but usually the pickup placement and playablity go hand and hand.