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pickup question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by xtbs7645x, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. xtbs7645x


    Dec 9, 2005
    ok i just started playing bass and recently orderd a p bass of musicans freind... my question is, when i recieved my bass, one of two pickups was lower then the other, is this a problem? or should i just keep as it is?
  2. it might cause some volume imbalance between the strings depending on how far off they are. You should be able to raise or lower each half of the P pickup individually using the adjustment screws. Normally, the advice people give is to have your pickups as high as reasonably possible without interfering with the string vibration or your playing technique. simple fix :D
  3. xtbs7645x


    Dec 9, 2005
    ok thank you, so they should be at the same height right?
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    It isn't uncommon for one PU to be a little hotter than the other on a P bass. If so, you may have a dynamic difference between the E,A and the D,G. Sometimes, it takes one being at a different height than the other to achieve the right balance.
  5. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Not necessarily. You generally want them as high as possible without the strings ever hitting the pickups when you play. Also, on occassion the pickups can be too close to the strings causing the magnetic field of the pickup(s) to interfere with the vibration of the string(s) causing the note(s) to sound strange, similar to a chorus effect.

    Basically the pickup height is to be adjusted to each individual player's taste by using the pickup height adjustment screws at the ends of each pickup.
  6. xtbs7645x


    Dec 9, 2005
    hmm, but i mean like the lower pickup seems almost pushed in... like normally you can move them up and down by just pushing down with your finger, but it seems jammed in. ahah if your asking why i havent done anything to it yet, well its actually a x-mas, present, but i noticed it when i was chekcing it out.
  7. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    It may already be as low as it can go. Also, sometimes when the adjusting screws aren't perfectly perpendicular to the body they can bind against the pickup making it difficult to change the height either up or down. In that case I just ream out the hole a little with the appropriate sized drill bit worked between my fingers - not a drill motor.