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Pickup orientation - does it matter?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tonynoriega, Jan 7, 2012.


  1. tonynoriega

    tonynoriega Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I recently installed a set of DP123 DiMarzio pups on my Jazz bass and just noticed that the bridge pickup is installed reversed from the neck pup. The Dimarzio logo is facing the neck and not the bridge. Does it matter? If not, I'll leave it. Yeah, I know, I know....where was my brain that day?!?
     
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    No. As long as they are playing in phase with each other you are fine.

    If the bass sounds thinner with both pickups on than flip the one around. Each half of the pickup is opposite magnetic and electrical polarity.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    huh?

    physically flipping one around shouldn't change anything.

    the coils aren't out-of-polarity with each other like on the old fender/suhr jazz pickups with the big magnets; those had the same magnetic polarity, but reversed wiring on the two coils, so they actually output reversed signal from each other.
     
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Yeah, I was thinking about P bass pickups. Some times you have have them and half is out of phase with a Jazz at the bridge.

    But I figured it wouldn't matter, kind of like with a regular humbucker.
     

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