Raised A & D Poles

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pshep68, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    I just saw a listing online for Lindy Fralin Pickups for FENDER JAZZ BASS with Raised A & D Poles for better response.
    Can some explain why only the A & D are raised?
  2. To help match the radius of the fretboard. All the strings will be at the same distance from the face of the pole pieces.
  3. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    Makes sense. Thanks.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Interestingly enough, I was thinking of starting a thread about this too.

    What do most of you think about raised poles? Do you feel the E string suffers? I put DiMarzio Area J's in my Spector NS-2J and they sound great but the E string is a little weak. Certainly better than the EMG's they replaced, but I can't help but wonder about the raised poles forcing the pickup to be too low on the E string side. I'd raise it up just to see, but I don't have enough foam underneath to push it up so when I get some time I'll add some foam and try it.
  5. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    It shouldn't affect the e string at all as all the staggered poles do is level the playing field for the 2 middle strings which can sometimes be noticeably more quiet without staggered poles. If your e string sounds quiet and raising that side of the pickup doesn't help, there are tons of possible culprits- alignment of the e over the poles, eq settings, cabinet frequency response (the limitations of a speaker will be most obvious on the lower range of the e string), etcetera...
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, the problem is the E is too hot with flat J pickups, unless you drop the pickup further away entirely, losing overall output.

    the fralin J stagger is pretty subtle, less than the radius of a typical jazz bass. highly recommended.
  7. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    I personally love the DiMarzio Model J's not only for their tone, but their individually adjustable poles- pure tonal evenness/response/heaven.


  8. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Raised A & D pole pickups are really best on basses with small radius fretboards...if you have a relatively flat radius it's not really necessary.