#1
I'm making a bass at the moment but have hit an unforseen snag - due to a random error of scaling it would take a while for me to be able to fit two pickups onto the bass - the body is long enough but the 2nd pickup hits the electronics hole :'(
i was wondering what the main differences are between the sounds of a bass guitar with two pickups and one with only one. The pickups i have are not amazing but i will upgrade when i get some money - there some wilkinson humbucker style for 4 string. should the build go ok - (only my second attempt at making guitars though the first works well) - ill upgrade them which again brings up the question of what sounds best on its own if thats what i need to do.
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#2
2 pickups= more versatility, for the most part.
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#4
Depends where you place it.
The sustain would be marginally longer with one less pickup.
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#5
not sure exactly where it can go - but i imagine i could get it to sit about 1/2 way between the neck and the bridge
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#6
What I would do personally is put it about 1/2 an inch closer to the neck than a standard bridge pickup.
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#8
personally i would put a trifecta of pickups but in this case i say to use two. you can have have serious tonal ability if you can put two pickups and have a toggle switch for them.
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#9
Just stick the humbucker in, i love single humbuckers and then put a coil switch in.
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#10
on my BC rich i got 2 P-style pups with a pup blend and its rather versatile with an active eq.It can change its sound at the drop of a hat literally.
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#11
I would rather have a musicman humbucker with a 3 band eq rather than 2 jazz pickups with 1 tone knob, honestly
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#12
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I would rather have a musicman humbucker with a 3 band eq rather than 2 jazz pickups with 1 tone knob, honestly


Take it one step further, have it wired up like a Sterling. And have the 3 band EQ, and the three way switch, with wired in parallel, coil tap, wired in series.

You can be plenty versatile with a single pickup.
#13
TS, is your bass active or passive? would you use a blend knob or a pup switch? or just volume knobs? what kind of tone vol controls would you use?
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#14
thanks for the info guys =)
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Les Paul custom
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Self-hand made Electric guitar
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and a rubbish acoustic =)