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please help! 5 string pickup anxiety attack

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mike_odonovan, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. hey,

    i have built myself a 5 string bass (never again! ) and have been losing sleep over what pickups to go for.

    I have decided that I should probably go for the tried and tested jazz bass option but was considering p/j .

    any experience with 5 string p/j?.

    they are a bit hard to find so i haven't been able to try one.

    i read a review that said something about the B string being a bit lost with the two pickups on.

    any thoughts i'd be grateful.


    :bawl: :bawl:
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Why not go for soapbars, they can be J-like or P-like or anything inbetween, depending on the model.
    The housing format per se doesn't determine the sound of the pickup.

    The P format can be tricky because of the uneven number of strings.

    Basslines are getting some praise here, Bartolinis are also worth considering.

    [edited for typos]
  3. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    id say soapbars too. plus im figuring that it would be easier to put them in anyway.
  4. yeh i spose the soapbar think would be much easier but i just find the exposed pole pieces thing really does add something for my mind.

    also i was trying to stay away from the bartolini emg thing that EVERYBODY seems to have.
    maybe i am just fussing too much.

    still i built this 5 string so the last step ie. pickups is worth messing around with for a while!
  5. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    building a bass rocks!

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