By Sarah Broughton. Electric Bass Guitar. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 10:53:05 AM.
There are some important things here to note. First, the pickups are actually out of phase. When both pickups on a Jazz bass are turn up full on, the pickups cancel out any hum that may be in the area. If you use one coil only, it will be in single coil mode, and you can pick up hum. If you like the sound of only one coil, and hate the hum, try using a split coil Jazz Bass pickup, and wire them in hum-bucking mode. Dimarzio make these, and they are a very good sounding pickup. I have used them on previous Jazz Basses, and they work well. I especially like the adjustable magnetic pole pieces, which are easily adjusted with an Allen screw driver. Secondly, the control knobs shown (above) are wired in the Jaco Pastorious prefered fashion: Volume, Volume, Tone. The standard method is to have: Volume, Pan, and Tone.
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.
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.
Depending on the type of strings you use, the wear and tear on the board can vary quite a bit. Roundwound strings will eat your fingerboard, causing dead spots and loss of proper intonation. Flatwounds are far gentler and have a smooth texture. This being said, the more you play on the board the more it will need to be dressed and sanded. Like a formula race car that get's it's tires changed every few laps, your board will need to be smoothed out and it's crown or arc restored to get a consistent sound.
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