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Pickup position question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Holroyd, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Holroyd

    Holroyd Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    So, this sounds like a really stupid question, but here it goes.

    On my Tune bass, I think that I want to replace the old pickups with a set of Bartolinis MK4CBC. According to the drawing on the website, the Barts have the two holes for screws on the side of the E string, the Tune has them originally on the side of the G string.

    Does the position of the pickup influence the sound, or does it not matter?


  2. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    I guess you mean to ask whether you can use the original holes, so orientation rather than placement* of the pickup? Yes, that should be fine, unless it has some unique design inside (e.g. Asymmetric coils). But, the leads may be short...

    On the other hand, drilling new screw holes should be fine too...

    *placement usually means where the pickup is in relation to the scale (i.e., distance from nut). Placement does have a substantial influence on the sound...
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  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    New holes are no big deal. Unless you really don’t want to and you want the logo upside down
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  4. Holroyd

    Holroyd Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    Thanks guys, sorry about the syntax :) and good point about the leads being possibly too short.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I believe the leads on the MK4CBC pickups extend from the middle of the pickup, so lead length shouldn’t be an issue.

    Also, if you install the pickups “upside down”, the active coils will be flipped, which might make a difference in tone.

    Personally, I would drill new holes and install the pickups in their intended orientation.
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  6. Holroyd

    Holroyd Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015

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