Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 20:30:38 PM. . By Annalise Thayer.
Choosing the best bass guitar pickup will largely depend on the type of guitar you have. However, most of these pickups are either magnetic or piezoelectric types. Magnetic types have coils that convert string vibrations into electronic signals. Piezoelectric bass guitar pickups have crystals that generate electrical current from the vibrations. There are categories of bass guitar pickups too which also determine the kind of output you will get from your guitar. They are usually differentiated by their design. For example, J Pickups are usually wired opposite each other to significantly reduce the hum generated when they pick up stray radio frequencies. There is also the original P Pickup of the 1970s which is made of two halves of a single coil pickup. Similar to J Pickups, the P Pickup is also wired in opposing directions to minimize the hum.
All the parts separately would cost a lot more, but for about 18 bucks you get them all plus instructions and trust me, wiring a jazz bass is very very easy! I will go into this in more detail in the electronics section of the website to help clear things up. Another thing I like to do helps) is to line every part of the inside of the bass with copper foil tape. This helps to ensure that even if wires do come loose they will be grounded and shielded. This also helps prevent hums picked up from lighting and other electronic devices ( lights and certain electronic devices emit a 60 cycle hum that interfere with pickups and bass electronics). Now that everything is sealed, grounded and assembled its time to move to the neck.
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