By Aurelia Beaty. Electric Bass Guitar. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 04:03:37 AM.
The next step is bridge intonation and this is very very vital. The thing you have to always remember is that unlike playing other fretted instruments, the player makes the intonation not the frets. This being said you can get some help either from fret lines (like on this bass) or position markers like the ones on a blank fingerboard. The choice of one or the other is all personal preference and yet another option for you to consider.
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.
A very important note here is to ground the bridge. If the bridge is not grounded your bass will almost always hum when you are not touching the strings. If you still have hum problems you should also have, or should install brass plates under the pickups, and have them connected to the common ground, usually on the back side of the volume and tone pots. Make sure that these plates do not short out the pickups. You can insulate these plates with electrical tape or some other insulator.
With the help of the installed pickup springs turn a phillips head screw driver to move the pickup up or down. Moving the pickup higher or up towards the strings will yield a louder over all tone. Moving it away or down from the strings will result in a quieter volume. You want to strike a balance between the two which I find can be done by making your pickups like a ramp. You want to give the lower E and A strings plenty of room to vibrate so keep that end of the pickup just a bit lower, while making the D and G string side just a tad higher. It shouldn't be extreme but all the strings need to clear the pickup otherwise the case for the pickup itself will get scratched and the sound of your fingers hitting the top of the pickup will make an unwanted "thump" sound, that is unless you want that thump sound.
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