Neck pickup location

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brisonic, May 6, 2021.

  1. Seems like on short scales the pickup ends up closer to the neck, not sure the reason, prolly just how the string vibrates, but for example a Birdsong Corto has a single coil jammed up to the neck and it sounds tremendous... articulate and woody. MVIMG_20180410_175253.jpg
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  2. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Ernie Ball Stingray HH. The pickup is so near the neck it messes with my slap/pop technique, as I can't get a finger in between the pickup and neck.

    But on settings that use that pickup, it sounds massive.
  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Epiphone Rumblekat
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  4. Do I dare?

    Oh, H E double hockey sticks...


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  6. I know it’s a fine line, but I like it:)
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  7. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
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  8. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    3 pickups, because you can, excellent.
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  9. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    I saw a vid of a Fender tele bass that was available a few years back, a player's version for 600ish and when in the neck position with the tone rolled off it was super huge sounding. Check out at like the 3:20ish mark.
  10. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    Leo's hearing was also severely damaged, he lost high frequencies.
    He also did not play.
    He used an osilliscope.
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  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    All of that is true, but the comb filtering we're talking about is most audible in the lower mid frequencies - a few hundred Hz is the neighborhood where the most audible dips and peaks hang out. Hearing damage (at least the environmental kind) happens around the resonance of your ear canals (3kHz-ish). Leo could probably still hear the difference we're talking about. I'm sure he listened to the input of musicians as well, but the first stab at locations (which may or may not have been the final result) was probably his ears.
  12. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    I worked at G&L. His lab was right behind my station .
    I drove him home weekly for 5 years.
    He used the o scope. He had only a tiny amp: a champ iirc.
    Of course he used what hearing he had, but the oscope was the main tool.

    By that time, (80s) I would expect he may have used his hearing earlier in life much more.
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  13. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Definitely wish I left it sunburst. 56AA48BC-4D46-46F1-BEE2-9F67C90A4474.jpeg
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  14. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    D'Addario EXL170s
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  15. darwin-bass

    darwin-bass Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    Yea, I totally get it. I like the bass to sound like an instrument - with definition to the note. To have a voice, a presence, clarity. With lows of course but it should stand up and say "here I am, listen to my color". When I run sound I am looking for some mid overtones.

    But the sound tech who runs sound when I'm playing bass likes the bass to be this low frequency rumble that is in tune with the song. No definition, no clarity, just lows. Sigh. :)
  16. Yeah it drives me crazy when I can’t actually hear what the bassist is playing. But that’s usually the sound guy, not the bass.

    It depends on the music. In a reggae/dub recording context, I’ve had producers EQ out everything above 300Hz!

    You can get audible mids out of an old EBO. It helps to use a modern amp and cab.
  17. LetItGrowTone


    Apr 2, 2019
    I think my SVT-CL does a great job squeezing mids out of a Novak EB-0 or the stock Gibson SG pickup. Just turn the bass and treble down as much as desired. I love what remains.
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