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some easy questions for the smart ones

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Youngspanion, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Youngspanion

    Youngspanion Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Staten Island, NY
    What is a soapbar pickup? Is it the same as a Music Man style pickup? Is a Music man pickup the same as 2 jazz single coile pick ups placed together? What is the difference between active pickup and active electronics? Is it always one or the other in a bass or are they sometimes used together? Thanks to any one who can help this poor slob :rolleyes: understand the bass more!!
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    A soapbar pickup can sound just about like anything, as long as it's rectangular and has a smooth top it's considered a soapbar. Comes in all shapes and sizes.

    No, a Music Man pickup is a humbucker, two big fat coils wound in opposite directions to pick up sound without any hum.

    No, not the same as 2 jazz single coil pickups, but the same concept. Two jazz coils with opposite polarities will cancel hum, but will sound differently due to the different internal structure of the pickup.

    The difference between active pickups and active electronics is active pickups require a battery to play, generally have a hotter signal, and active electronics is simply an onboard preamp or circuit that boosts or modifies the signal coming from your pickups. They can be used together, but other times it's one or the other.
  3. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    Yep that's pretty much it. You can get an MM tone placing two J's side by side but it's not the same thing. Active pups have a preamp built-in (sometimes only in one pup running them both) and without a battery, no sound of any use if any. Typically they have an additional red lead that goes to the battery clip and if you get normal output from a set of pups without a battery, you know they're not active pickups.

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