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I've just bought the K+K Double big twin..HELP!

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by JDM, Nov 24, 2005.


  1. JDM

    JDM

    Oct 12, 2005
    I've just bought myself the The K+K Double big twin pickup: http://www.kksound.com/doublebigtwin.html

    Does anyone have any experience of these? I've fitted the four little individual 'pickups' to the bridge as I thought best (about half an inch bellow the where the string sits).
    Would it help the sound quality if the bridge is directly over the bar going through the bass (front to back) Is that crucial? -and is it called the 'soundpost'?
    The sound I've got from the new pickup is a lot better thatn the sound I had through a rubbishy piezo that came with the bass! I suspect I'll still need a preamp as I'm not completely happy with the sound (still feeding back and thin)
    Your help is appreciated as EVER!!
    Many, many thanks folks,
    Jon
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You definitely need a preamp - this was pointed out on Bob Gollihur's site, where I bought mine from - Bob was very helpful with advice when I e-mailed him! :)
     
  3. JDM

    JDM

    Oct 12, 2005
    Thanks Bruce, I'll be looking into that as a priority. Can anyone answer the other crucial question I asked about the position of the bridge over the bar inside the bass and will it impact on the sound received through the bridge and consequentially onto the pickup? Does anyone know?
    Jon
     
  4. When the bridge is centered on the table, one leg should be directly over the bass bar (the long bar running the length of the top). The soundpost is the dowel that runs front to rear offset a little southerly of the other bridge leg (G-string, treble side). This relationship is important beyond any implications of how your instrument sounds amplified. Also, the position of the pick-ups is crititcal. The thickness and shape of the bridge also makde a difference. I don't have the Double Twin, but I have the Bassmax, and all transducer type pick-ups require some experimentation to get the best balanced sound. Currently I am able to use the Bassmax with no pre-amp and no EQ. But I had to experiment some with the placement to get that. Good luck.
     
  5. bolo

    bolo

    May 29, 2005
    Apex, NC
    JDM, first, if the bridge is positioned properly, I believe the bridge's centerline should be positioned so that it is in line with the inner notches in the middle of the f-holes.

    On my bass, the soundpost is not directly underneath the foot of the bridge on the G string side like I think you described in your original post, but it is quite close. The soundpost on my bass is actually just a bit lower down than that, say about ¾” down (toward the endpin), like what Silversorcerer described.

    So to answer your original question, I don't think you want the soundpost directly in line with the foot of the bridge. The soundpost should touch the table on the inside of the bass slightly lower than that I believe.

    FYI, here’s an article that talks about the bridge, bassbar, and soundpost. I found the link to it on Bob Gollihur’s links page:

    http://www.davidgage.com/z_david_archive3.htm

    Hope some of this helps.
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think I'd trust David Gage and Bob...:)