Reverse P vs 1/2 (half) Reverse P placement

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by grouse789, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. grouse789

    grouse789 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Westchester NY

    Full reverse P pickup? Meaning the EA pickup moves toward bridge and the DG pickup moves toward neck?


    1/2 reverse? Meaning EA pickup remains in standard position, and the DG moves closer to neck. (ive only recently heard of this)

    Any thoughts? This is based on a traditional P bass pickup location.
  2. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    From what I have played, I have seen both. The Ibanez P-pickup basses I have played with the "reverse" appears to have simply swapped the positions of the EA and the DG. On a short scale Mitchell I have played (Mitchell is the GC store brand of Schecter), the EA was in proportionally the same place, and the DG was moved upstream towards the neck. YMMV.
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  3. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    The half reverse position is used on the most recent mark Hoppus fenders. It sounds good and makes more of a difference than just flipping the pickup halves along an axis.
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  4. I subscribe to the "half reverse" method because the E/A sound on a P-bass doesn't need fixing.
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  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Reversing the P makes the most impact, and therefore the most sense, when placed close to the bridge (as in a double P instrument). Near the middle of the body, in the area of the normal P location, your two options are practically a wash.