Attention Moderator: You might at first think that this belongs in the Pickup section, but, as you read on I think you'll agree that it's more of a guitar question rather than a technical pickup inquiry. The question that I now put before all you Friends, Romans and countrymen of this forum: Do you prefer one pickup on a bass, or two, and Why? I'll give my opinion then you all can follow. A few months ago, I read a tone tip in Bass Player Magazine in which a few bass players/makers were asked about how many pickups a bass sounds best with, and it made me think a bit. I think a bass only needs one pickup to sound good. O.K. I know two pickups gives more potential versatility, but after buying an Epi Jack Casady, it changed my mind about the number of pickups a bass should have. With only one pickup I think you concentrate more on your playing than on your tone. I know a Jazz Bass sounds great and versatile, but, think about Musicman Stingrays; they sound fantastic, and if you think back a few years, they offered a two pickup version (the Sabre) but, as you all know, wasn't nearly as popular as the Stingray, why? One pickup also makes for a less complicated instrument; less wiring and switching. Some players and manufacturers also feel that one pickup gives somewhat more of a truer tone, as there's less of a magnetic field to affect the strings' vibratons. One more thing to add to the *one pickup* cause: If you play acoustic bass guitar, or an upright, how many pickups do they have? Just something I wanted to ask you all. Mike J. P.S. Whatever you view on pickups, let me give all of you some personal advise: If you're out at a bar, Don't try to *Pickup* more than one woman per night; it doesn't end well.