What do stereo pickups do?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by FaultLine423, Mar 10, 2001.

  1. FaultLine423


    Aug 27, 2000
    I have heard Vic use stereo pickups in many songs, but I'm not what they do. I can't tell if certain notes will go in one speaker or the other, or if random notes are just selected. Can anyone answer this for me?
  2. It depends on the bass involved.

    Rickenbackers with stereo outputs ("Rick-o-sound") have separate outputs for each pickup ie.the neck and bridge pickups.
    the same with Billy Sheehan's Yamaha Attitude bass (and on John Paul Jones's custom Manson basses). so each string can't be separated in the mix, only each pickup.

    some piezo equipped basses offer individual stereo panning of the piezo bridge p/up for each string eg. the Zon Michael Manring Hyperbass (not sure if this bass allows panning of the magnetic p/ups per string) and the Peavey BQuad4 Brian Bromberg signature bass.