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Pickup height on a pbass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by attackbass, Apr 9, 2009.


  1. attackbass

    attackbass

    Jul 16, 2007
    Endorsing Artist:Orange Amps, EBS FX, Ernie Ball, Fender Bass Guitars
    can someone point me in the direction about how to set up the pickup height on a p bass??

    I keep reading things but they say different things... some mention pressing down the string at the last fret, others don't etc?!

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. A good starting (and maybe ending) point: Press each string down at the last fret and adjust until the tops of the pole pieces are 1/8" from the bottom of the string. Earball it from there.
     
  3. GlennW

    GlennW

    Sep 6, 2006
    I start with the poles 1/4" from the unfretted strings, and tinker from there if necessary.

    That isn't "proper", but it's easier and works. Further away often has a nicer tone and is less likely to distort if you dig in.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    as close as you can get them without hitting the strings or sounding boomy and wierd. with a light touch you can get pretty close, if you're a banger you'll need to have them further away.

    you want each string to have the same volume, so the E-A coil is going to be lower and the D-G coil higher. plug the bass in, and play, adjust, play, adjust until all 4 strings are equally loud, and the sound is right (boomy=too close, thin=too far).
     
  5. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Awesome. Will have to try it out.

    Any thoughts on adjusting a bridge J-pickup (70s position)? What distance should I aim for'?
     
  6. eedo

    eedo

    Aug 13, 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
    I'd say it should have the height to sound as loud as your already adjusted P-pickup when soloed.
    And E string should sound as loud as G
     
  7. Conventional wisdom is that the bridge pickup needs to be a little closer to the strings than the neck pickup for good balance, and I agree. Different pickups are different, though, so let your ears decide.
     

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