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Wilde (Bill Lawrence) P-46 owners - need a measurement/pic

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by chucko58, Mar 14, 2013.


  1. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I'm considering the P-46 for a custom 6-string I'm having built. The question is, will it cover 6 strings?

    If someone could measure the distance across the pole pieces of one half of the pickup, or better yet post a pic with a small ruler across the top of one half, I would be grateful. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Bump... anyone?
     
  3. Vakmere

    Vakmere

    Sep 6, 2007
    Philly
    P pickups on a 6 string? Ask your builder if its possible.
     
  4. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    They are great pickups but I don't know if I buy the idea that they will fit a 6 string bass with "normal" string spacing (17.5-19mm).

    The total length of each pickup housing (not including the mounting tabs) is 2.24" and the magnet spread (measured from the end of the top magnet to the end of the bottom magnet) is 1.65". So if you space the coils so there is no magnet overlap and allow for some string vibration, they can accommodate a string spread of roughly 3" or 3.1". My Sadowsky 5 string spread is 2.9" over the P-pickup so unless you have really narrow string spacing I don't think this will work well, especially with the low B string.

    That said Nordstrand can make a proper 6 string P pickup since he already has cases made to accommodate 3 strings per coil.

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  5. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Thanks testing1two, that's what I needed to know.

    If I go with a Nordstrand neck pickup it'll be a Big Split.
     
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Actually my math is flawed. Let me go remeasure something and report back.
     
  7. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Ok, as stated before each coil of the P-46 is 2.24" and the magnet spread is 1.65". My mistake was measuring the string spread of my bass across all 5 strings instead of measuring 3 strings. So adding the magnet spread of each coil and comparing it to the total string width doesn't factor in the gap between the two middle strings (the space between the two coils). But anyways...

    The string spread across the B-E-A strings of my bass over the P-pickup is 1.49" (with 19mm spacing at the bridge) which would technically fit underneath a P-46. However, I would want a little more room for string vibration, especially since the B string will have a fairly wide vibrational path. If the string's vibrational path drifts too far away from the magnet you will lose output on that string. I have a 5 string PJ with EMGs that has this problem (EMG P5 pickup magnets are prohibitively narrow IMO but that's another topic).

    So my verdict still stands but if you had a narrow string spacing like 16-17.5mm it would probably work.
     
  8. a while back I asked a question to them regarding string spacing, this is the response I got from them:

    the P-46 pickup is a part of Bill's multi-polepiece system for bass so it will work for either 4,5,or 6 string Precision Basses. You space the coils under the strings where one pole piece from either coil runs under one of the strings -- very easy!


    hope this helps!
     
  9. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I had asked Becky Lawrence directly on Facebook but she never got back to me with the pole piece measurement. Thanks to all for the help.
     
  10. bassfreakah

    bassfreakah

    Mar 26, 2011
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    i have the pic if you still need it.
     

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  11. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Great, thanks bassfreakah!
     
  12. bassfreakah

    bassfreakah

    Mar 26, 2011
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    Pickups sound so so smooth and organic. very well made.
     

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