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Idea involving 2 MM pickups and 4 coil taps

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Mud Flaps, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Please don't steal my idea if it actually works!

    Why couldn't they make an MM/MM bass with 4 coil taps:

    In each pickup, you could turn on the front 4 and back 4 like a standard coil tap. But, you would also be able to turn on two of the right on the front row, and two on the left in the back row.

    This way, you could have one bass do MM/MM, MM/J, MM/P, J/P, P/P. J/J, J/MM, P/MM, and any that I missed. You could even invent totally new pickup configurations by turning on the full back, and the left of the front two, etc.

    Why hasn't anyone done this?

    P.S. Also, what about hamburger earmuffs?
    P.S.S. Actually, would this be 6, 4, or 8 coil taps?
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Bartolini makes some quad coil pickups that you could do this with. Many MM style pickups have only 2 coils in them so you can't do split coil voicings. It has been my experience that the flexibility looks better on paper than it really is useful in practice.