Protruding P-Bass Pickup Pole Pieces

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Thuddy Waters, Aug 6, 2016.


  1. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    In the new American Standard P-Bass pickup, the pole pieces protrude from the pickup and are not flush like they used to be. Why do they make them like this now? What is the purpose of doing that? Is there a way to adjust the pole pieces to make them flush? I fingerpick directly over the pickup and I always lower the pickup about a quarter inch below the strings so my fingers do not hit the pickup. It's not really possible to do this with the pole pieces sticking out like this and I don't like the feel of my fingers striking the pole pieces.
     
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  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK?

    Easy fix:
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  3. Having pole pieces closer to the strings increases the output of the pickup.
     
  4. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    Solid covers would put the pickups that much further away.

    Some covers are thicker plastic than others as I discovered when I got my fralin P pickup; the fralin cover let the poles stick out too much, but when I stuck the pickup under the stock USA fender cover it was nice and flush.

    You could also stuff thin shims under the cover beside the poles, just enough to get them level with the cover.
     
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  6. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Shims are a good idea. Actually, now I'm thinking about swapping out the pickup for a Seymour Duncan SPB-3 that I've been sitting on for a while. Hopefully, it won't be too hard to do.
     
  7. My Lollars came with higher poles. I like their pup covers better than the Fender one so I used shims. The poles are now flush. Fwiw, while the AmStd poles have only been protruding since 2012 with the pup changeover, the AVRI (or "Original"/former 62RI) pup always had poles that protruded, but with a more extreme bevel than whatever it is they call what's in the post 2012 AmStd.
     
  8. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    This is nothing new. They have varied over the years, sometimes being uneven as well. There is no shortage of choice in replacements out there, for sure.
     
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  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Why I switched to Geezers, reason # 17 :D
     
  10. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've read a lot of good things about those pickups. I'll have to try them one of these days.
     
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  11. Say that five times fast.
     
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  12. darwin-bass

    darwin-bass Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    My first G&L LB-100 had the same issue. I fixed it by putting shims (cut from a business card) under the cover. Didn't even have to remove the pickup, just unscrew and pull the covers.
     
  13. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    I've done this as well. Very easy fix.
     
  14. JesseVMT

    JesseVMT

    Apr 8, 2016
    Never looked back after the Geezer. FB_IMG_1465337564367.jpg
     
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  15. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Did you guys have to modify anything in your P-Basses to put in the Geezers?
     
  16. JesseVMT

    JesseVMT

    Apr 8, 2016
    Nope. It only takes about ten minutes or so and your done. Fantastic pickup.
     
  17. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Is it true that you don't even need to solder them to connect them?
     
  18. Dp1363

    Dp1363

    Jan 8, 2011
    South Jersey US
    I was getting ready to order a set of M&V pickups for my P bass. They come standard with raised pole pieces but you can order them with flush pole pieces. Like the OP my fingers drag over the raised pole pieces on my stock CS fender MIA pick ups. If order flush pole pieces am I giving up any tone, punch or volume? I would rather have flush pole pieces, but don't want to sacrifice the sound.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016
  19. JesseVMT

    JesseVMT

    Apr 8, 2016
    That's right. Easy install. And excellent tone
     
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  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    There are some rare cases where you might need to solder, but as they say in the instructions, "every effort is made to make EMG pickups a solderless installation."
     
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