How Physically "Close" Can P'Ups Be?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SurferJoe46, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Interested in if there's any magnetic or otherwise any interference with pickups being too close to each other - and what constitutes "close"?

    Question, more to the point:

    I'd like input from those who might know, those who do know and any conjecture about placing a set of P p'ups next to a J p'up.

    IOW: I'd like to put a set of Precision p'ups right behind (closer-to-the-bridge).... the neck position Jazz p'up.
  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    While I do not have any technical knowledge about this I have seen basses where pickups where basically placed right up against each other, also I would think that if there were any negative effect of this humbuckers would not work.
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  3. a musicman humbucker is essentially two single coil pickups with large magnets right next to each other, so you'll be fine. with a p pickup close to the bridge I recommend routing a reverse p.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017
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  4. I was thinking of leaving the P where they are and putting a J right below to it...... not as humbuckers.........just separate ona blend pot.
    I know..... I know....... They are different impedance.
  5. Badwater

    Badwater Guest

    Jan 12, 2017
    Depending on which way they face, and how they are shaped, you could put them side by side. If you do more than 3 pickups, switching and how many to phase or blend together will be the challenge.
  6. Just the standard pair of Ps and a single J below them.
  7. Badwater

    Badwater Guest

    Jan 12, 2017
    For PJ set up, there should be no problem getting them as close as physically possible. The sound you'll get could be unique. One way to test this, is set up a "Plank" and mount the pickups the way you want and wire them up the way you like. Then hover the plank with the pickps over the bass in the position you intend to mount them. Pluck a few notes and see how the sound. This way you can experiment with the variety of sounds you'll get before routing out the body.
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  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Clever! :thumbsup::)