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P pup position on PJ Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mattpnolan, May 2, 2006.


  1. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    I know there has already been threads about pickup position/placement, but I was wondering if you guys/gals could help me by posting pics of PJ Jazz-style basses with the P pup in different positions.

    For example:

    Warmoth seems to like it closer to the J bridge pup:
    jbass_4.

    this Fender japan has it a little closer to the neck:
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    I ask, because I am thinking of building a PJ bass with no pickguard (my random posts about this are everywhere ;) ), just control plate, and I know it will look best if the P pickup is closer to the neck, putting some space in between it and the control plate. There may be a reason why I haven't seen this yet. It may just look ugly :smug:

    Thanks!
     
  2. toad

    toad

    Jun 26, 2002
    NYC
    Warmoth places the pup routing about where it is on a Precision body. The Aerodyne and the Hoppus seem to place it closer to the neck while the Reggie Hamilton seems to be about where Warmoth puts it.

    I have a Hoppus bass as well as a Warmoth PJ. Given the different bodies, necks, and all the other variables that make a bass, I have had the same pups in both and my unscientific guess is that the pup placement difference does make a slight difference. The Warmoth placement gives me the mid range I recognize as a Precision.

    If you're not going with a pickguard, have you thought of rear routing it and not having a control plate to worry about?
     
  3. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    Thanks. That is helpful, especially about the sound. My idea was two combine two basses I want, a jazz-style bass with just the control plate like this,

    [​IMG]

    and a PJ bass. Like I said I don't think it's going to work now. I think that to look nice, the bottom part of the P (right side) would have to be were the bottom of the neck J pup normally is.
     
  4. toad

    toad

    Jun 26, 2002
    NYC
    Hoppus bass

    [​IMG]

    Reggie Hamilton

    [​IMG]
     
  5. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    I was just thinking that a reverse P might work, but do they do that on 4-strings?

    [​IMG]
     
  6. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    So I've been reading and researching about the Reverse P and have found many examples of them done on 4-strings (as many times as I've seen Spectors, I never noticed it was reversed :p ), but will Warmoth route for a Reverse P?
     

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