Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 20:00:32 PM. . By Clarissa Nadeau.
Pickups for bass guitar also include the Humbuckers which are dual coil systems designed to eliminate the hum and provide a full clear and undistorted electric bass. Humbuckers are similar to J Pickups but wider. Bass pickups can also be categorized as passive or active. The main difference between the two is the fact that active pickups require battery power while passive pickups work without batteries. Active pickups have a pre-amplifier that helps cut the hum, boost the frequency, and control the bass streaming from your guitar in a more effective way. So those are some of the key issues you'll need to consider when looking for the best bass guitar pickups.
Below is a diagram showing how a standard P-Bass split coil pickup is wired as hum-canceling pickup. The pickups are wired in series. (For another example as having them wired in parallel, check out pickup_parallel_wiring. Notice that the split coils are actually out of phase here. It does not matter in this case that the coils are out-of-phase, since there are no other pickups here. If the coils are wired in-phase, then it becomes a single coil type of wiring, and you can expect to hear hum when your are near electrical fields. If you wish to add a J-Bass pickup in the bridge position, you will likely need to wire the P-Bass as a single coil, unless you thought ahead to by a split coil Jazz Bass pickup, as mentioned earlier.
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