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pickup poles?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by natas, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    what really is the use of the pickup poles?
    do they need to be exactly under each strings?
    can i use a single coil with wider pole spacing on a tight-spaced bass?
    TIA and more power!
  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    The pole pieces focus the electro-magnetic energy in one particular spot, so they have to be pretty close to centered under the strings.
  3. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    I have found that it does not make a huge difference. One very popular pickup, the Bill Lawrence Wilde P46 has extra pole pieces and none of them are designed to be under the string.
  4. Pole pieces create the magnetic field that the strings disturb. They don't need to be spaced exactly under the strings.
  5. bonruiz


    Mar 19, 2009
    Thanks for this info, I've noticed that we have too much info on precision set ups and often wonder which ones really count. So I use my ears w/ trial and error to test everything.

  6. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    as long as they are single coils right? i does make a difference if they are split coils and the string is directly on top of the gap of the windings? i'm not even sure about that too so correct me if i'm wrong