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Pickups close to strings = chorus effect.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by kesh, Jul 29, 2012.


  1. kesh

    kesh

    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    I noticed this recently, apparently it's due to the magnets pulling on the strings, and happens mostly in pups that use rod magnets.

    A little of it sounds great, giving a sort of piano tone (pianos having 2 or more strings per key, which may be slightly out of tune for a chorus effect), but as it increases up the neck it's hard to make it consistent.

    Does anyone use this? Dial a little of it in with their set-up?
     
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    When I had a P bass back in the 70s I kind of liked that affect.
     
  3. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    DFW
    I use it as a gauge for pickup height. I lower the pickup to the point where it just goes away. That sound is best left in the 70's
     
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Yeah, it was cool, but the bass plays out of tune. I always lowered the pickups a little and just used an MXR Phase 90 and later a chorus pedal when I wanted a similar warble.
     
  5. kesh

    kesh

    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    There's something "alive" about it, unlike stomp box chorus. Would be good in studio where you could control it.
     

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