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Pickup height on a pbass

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

  1. 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


    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
    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


    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


    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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