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pickup placement

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by msr88b, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. msr88b


    Apr 19, 2004
    Nashville, TN
    does it matter exactly where the pickup is routed, like does it have to be over a certain harmonic or else is wont sound good?

  2. Diek


    May 25, 2003
    Mathmaticly calculating harmonic sweet spots is worthless. It might work for open strings, but as soon as you fret the string, the harmonics all move, so the pickups are no longer under the sweet spots. The only exception is if you use a lot of open string harmonics, in that case you'll want to avoid the nodes of the harmonics you often use.

    The best way is to find a bass you like, measure the distance from the pickup to the 12th fret, and put yours in the same position. Or you can rout out a big area under the strings and experiment, then cover it up with a pickguard when you find something you like.