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P-Bass pickup hight

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cep, Jul 10, 2001.


  1. cep

    cep

    Jun 12, 2001
    Crockett, ca
    I have a P BAss that I just bought, the pickups are slanted up towards the middle. Is there any significance to this. I really would like to lower the action but don't know how lowering the pickups will make the sound react.
     
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Is your fingerboard or bridge crowned, (rises towards the middle)? If so, it is probably set up to compensate for the increased string height in the middle, the A & D.

    Pickup height is a no-win situation. The general rule is the further away your pickups are from the strings, the better the tone. The closer they are, the more output you get but the tone deteriorates. So, it's whatever compromise that appeals to your ears.
     
  3. cep

    cep

    Jun 12, 2001
    Crockett, ca
    Thanks. I think I'll try lowering the pickups and see how low I can get the string height when I get my new bridge. Thanks again and as always your opinions are much appreciated.
     
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Uh-oh, now we're talking action/relief and that's truss rod territory. But if you're comfortable with adjusting the rod, that's good, (everyone should learn, IMO).

    Appreciative seekers of knowledge, like yourself, cep, are always.....uh......appreciated!!!
     
  5. cep

    cep

    Jun 12, 2001
    Crockett, ca
    ...so I'm a seeker of knowledge who can't spell.