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Tilted Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MajesticFrog, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. MajesticFrog


    Feb 22, 2006
    I have noticed that on some basses that one of the pickups is tilted, as in not perpendicular to the strings (usually the neck pup). Why is this done and what effect does it have on the sound?
  2. Tilted toward the fingerboard, you mean, or to the bass/treble side?
  3. MajesticFrog


    Feb 22, 2006
    To the bass/treble side.

    Like: \ though less extreme than the slash
  4. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    so they can get more of the bass or treble strings. the further the pickup is from a string the less it picks up, somtimes one string is really loud so they'll push the pickup on it closer to the bass to even out the sound.
  5. Yep. You especially see this on 5-strings with a crappy B--the pickups either have to be radically higher (if it doesn't have enough output) or radically lower (if it's boomy/farty) on the bass side.
  6. MajesticFrog


    Feb 22, 2006
  7. Tom


    Sep 7, 2005
    Davis, CA
    It tightens up the tone on the bass strings and gives the treble strings a more fundamental tone. Think of the difference between the neck and bridge pickups, just on a smaller scale.
  8. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    Larry Graham's got that on his Moonshine/Sunshine Moon basses. They're jazzes, but the bridge pickup is titled to give more bass and more treble.


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