By Helene Brinson. Electric Bass Guitar. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 08:36:28 AM.
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P-Bass pickups are split coil type of pickup. The two coils are wired in series, in most cases. However, you can wire them in parallel too, which will make the sound brighter, with less bass. The recommended wiring practice is to wire them in series so that the coils are out-of-phase with each other. This practice causes the pickup to become a hum-bucking (hum-canceling) pickup coil. The advantage in this practice, is to make it immune to outside electrical noise, which is a great plus for any bass. Of course, you can change the pickup wiring to single coil with these, by switching the wiring on one of the coils. Usually, the coils come with color coded wire connected to the coil terminals. Some coils use Red and Black, while others use White and Black.
Setting correct pickup height is vital to a good round sound and volume. The standard jazz bass pickup will come with four screws (two on each side). The screws adjust the pickup up and down. On the shafts of each screw are springs. Those springs provide tension which keeps the pickup from falling down to the bottom of the body cavity. The springs also provide upward and downward pressure. When you loosen the screws the tension from the spring pushes up on the pickup allowing the pickup to rise, when you tighten the screws down the springs are compressed and the pickup goes down.
Once the body is finished, drill holes (if needed) and assemble the body with electronics and hardware. I find after years of soldering iron burns and melted wires, as well as a trip or two to the hospital from solder fumes, that the same well vented area is needed as well as pre-assembling of the pots to the control plate be done outside and separate from the bass body itself. You want everything to be finish and connected that way the only thing left to solder will be the ground cord and pickup wires. I would also recommend buying a Jazz Bass electronic kit.
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