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Rewiring Bongo HH?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kaspar Vadsholt, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. I'm a "dummy", when it comes to electronics, so please forgive me for this post....
    I have a Bongo 5 HH, and I was wondering if there was a way, I could rewire it into a hum-free single-coil bass. I really don't care for the clanky treble and the unfocused response of the parallel wiring, and I think that a series wiring would result in a way too muddy and hot output.
    I've heard of dummy humcancellers (no pun intended:D ), and was wondering if it can be done on this bass.
    My favourite tone these days is Jimmy Johnson's with James Taylor, but I can't afford an Alembic Series II:crying:
    I've tried to wire the neck P.U in single coil mode, and while I liked the tone, it was way to noisy.

    Thank you!
  2. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    you've already answered the single coil hum free question. Yes you could run a dummy coil to it and it should work, not something I've done so can't comment beyond that.

    I have a Bongo pup, and although it's been a while since I've played it and don't know what your other variables are, "clanky" is not something I experienced. More a round wound thing and I play TI flats. It was basically a P toned version of an MM.

    Mud has a lot to do with pup location. I've primarily played the Bongo in bridge position, I don't recall it being muddy. Series wiring at the bridge has not made pups muddy in my experience. I have played neck pups so seldom, I can't say what effect series would have but I could see where it would it tend to be more muddy in series and airy in parallel.

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