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What is your next custom pickup configuration

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Randyt, Apr 3, 2014.


  2. Jazz / P

  3. P

  4. Jazz / Jazz

  5. J / P / J



  8. OTHER

  1. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    Curious to know what your favourite Pick up configuration is and if it not listed...what would it be?
  2. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Went with 2 Humbuckers. A single P is a close second for me.
  3. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Thinking about how cool it would be to have two dual coil pickups, each with independent switching for single/parallel/series, and a blend knob. Kind of a hybrid between a stingray HH and the great Roscoe Beck basses that Fender used to make. Also think about the effectiveness of the coil-switch in some Fodera basses, and the coil switching in the G&L L2000, especially if rigged to include single-coil as a 3-way option. Here, the extra mojo is being able to blend the balance between the pickups, as compared with the blade-switch or toggle approach of MM, G&L or the Roscoe Beck. I'm big on V/V setups rather than V/Blend because I dig the extra degree of control over tone, but here a master volume would probably work better because of volume differentials when a series option becomes part of the mix, and one could run just one pickup in series.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I pretty much equally like:
    MM (single H)

    PJ's are getting all of my time lately, but that will switch to one of the other options in the next few months I'm sure. Last year at this time I was full time JJ, 6 months ago I was full time MM, etc.
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I prefer 2 pickups to anything. I don't mind the PJ config or even a P/MM config. I really like a J/MM config though
  6. Nezurian


    Apr 3, 2014
    (First Message Alert)

    I love the way of two humbuckers that can be wired in series\parallel or split into single coils by 3-way switch. Amazing variety of tonal options (Don't know if one needs all those options, but it would be good to have these options even one does not wish to use'em)!
  7. PBassBear


    Apr 3, 2014
    I have always found the P-Bass to give me all that I am looking for in a bass.
  8. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    I'm currently working on a bass with a vintage-wind split Precision pickup in the standard position, and a bridge position humbucker. The pickups were wound as a matched pair, with just a touch more output from the bridge pickup. They should play very well together. I'm going to string it with flats; I love the sound of flats with a beefy bridge pickup.
  9. P+MM all the way :)

    if i were to get another bass that would be my set up, just like my sandberg and yamaha
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Single MM.
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Interesting question. IMO, pickup preferences reveal quite a bit about musical personality. :meh:

    The best answer is probably that it depends upon the particular instrument - and the intended applications for it. But from a more doctrinaire standpoint, I really like matched sets - H/H, J/J, MM/MM, etc.

    My favorite would be soapbar/soapbar, because I like the refined, modern vibe, plus the extraordinary quality of tone & tonal diversity that the best of the breed can now provide, i.e. Nordstrands, Delanos, Q-Tuners, etc. Just amazing stuff.

    Second choice would be MM/MM. Just because... :smug:

  12. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    You actually asked two different questions.

    My favorite pickup config is a pair of soapbars, for most of the same reasons that MM points out above.

    But my next pickup configuration will be three Model Js. 'Cause yeah, that'd be cool. :)
  13. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    My next project will have 2 of Curt Novak's Bisonics
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I'm all about double humbuckers.
  15. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    2 soapbar-shaped humbuckers. If I tweak it a little bit, I can get a fat Jazz tone, a reasonably close P tone, a reasonably close single MM tone, and a pretty good Jaco bridge pup tone.
  16. crazyone


    Mar 15, 2014
    I went with humbucker/humbucker but also like humbucker/jazz.
  17. hufe


    Mar 21, 2011
    Tijuana, Mexico
    H on bridge, P on neck.
  18. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    2 singles ala Rickenbacker.
    After that, 2 J pups.
  19. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I agree.
  20. sj_bass


    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA

    I've actually got something fairly close to this in my Dinky Jazz... Running two Barts with a Bart Pre, I can run split 60's, split 70's, or dual. I also can run it passive or active, and my controls are V/Bl/B/T... It's very Swiss Army.

    That being said, I still picked J/J - just because that's how I roll.