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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by wotnwhy, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. i really have NO IDEA about the pups and electronics of a bass so could you please answear these questions for me

    the bass i'm getting will be a 6-string, i will be playing just about every style of music on it so i want the most versatile pups and electronics you can get, wot do you think is the best combo to get?

    i love tweaking the sound on basses so prefferably (sp?) one with LOTS of knobs and switches

    i really don't care/know what the shapes/makes are, so any suggestions welcome



    P.S. i did a search and couldn't find any usefull info
  2. c'mon..... someone PLEASE answear this, u must know of some p'ups and electronics that are versatile and tweakable


  3. :confused: there are LOADS of experienced people here who have played lots of diffeerent basses, so some of you must have some ideas, so why aren't you posting then here :confused:

    c'mon, tell me, you know you want to ;)


  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Bartolini Triple Coil Soapbars, (2) with a 4 Way switch for each one.
    Series,Parallel,Single Coil Neck, Single coil Bridge.

    Bartolini NTSMB2 or NTMB18 with 3 Position Midrange Switch. 3 Band EQ.

    To that, add a Piezo Pickup Bridge with buffered PAN for mixing with the Magnetic Pickups.

    The Pickup placing is very important. The Outer Coils must be in exact J-Bass Position.
  5. um.........i think i get it :)

    couple of questions tho:

    1. "Series,Parallel,Single Coil Neck, Single coil Bridge"

    is that for each p'up or is it 1 switch for the 2 of them

    2. "To that, add a Piezo Pickup Bridge with buffered PAN."

    how much (approx) would this cost? do you know a site with info/pics on them?

    3. "The Outer Coils must be in exact J-Bass Position."

    i dont understand :rolleyes:

    4. would i have to do all of the wiring myself or do they sell them partly wired? i'm ok at soldering it's just i wouldn't know where all the wires go

    thanks for any more help



    P.S. thank you for replying in the 1st place 'cos i really needed some info
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    1)The Switches are for Each Pickup, and then this outputs would go to a Blend pot. (Or 1 3 Way Switch)

    2)Price of the Piezo´s? I dont know.

    3) Exact J-Position refers to the position of the Pickup relative to the Nut. The sound of a pickup is extremely affected by its position.
    I prefer that position because it adds a lot of different tones to the bridge pickup between the 2 single coil settings. It doesnt affect the neck pickup much on that, but its just a rule of thumb.

    4) You will have to do the wiring, that btw, is not standard. Or you can pay someone to do it.

    Are you designing a Bass to be made or what?
  7. i'm making the body of a bass myself

    i'm buying everything else, and the neck will probably be made by a local luthier, he is highly reccomended so he seems like a good choice

    again i'm confused by the J-p'up positioning idea.
    the soapbars are about twice as thick as Js so were do you measure to?

    thanx again (boy this is getting repetative:D )



    P.S. i'm really interested with the piezo suggestion. do you know where i can get any info on it?
  8. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador

    Each Pickup has 2 real coils and a dummy coil.
    so divide the size of the pickup by 2.. then the outer part must be in exact J-Position.
  9. oh! i see now!

    sorry, a bit slow :rolleyes:



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