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Sting Ray pickup position- distance from nut/saddles


LaCosaNostradamus

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Just bought a Basslines MM replacement pickup I plan on installing in my defretted 5-string Jazz copy. I'd like to know exactly where the routing should be done. If any Sting Ray owners can measure the distance from the nut to the front coil, I'd appreciate it greatly. I'm not particularly interested in getting the exact sound, but I'd like a reference point. The stock neck pickup will be left in place (the body is back routed), but not wired to anything. Thanks in advance.
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Measuring from where the strings enter the bridge, my measurements are 10 cm or 3 7/8 in to the leading edge of the pickup and 10 1/2 cm or 4 1/8 inches to the leading edge of the coils. The pickup itself is 1 7/8 in wide and 3 7/16 in tall, minus screw mounts. The reason I put the pickup size is some manufacturers tend to vary the size ever so slightly. I hope this helps.
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Originally posted by LaCosaNostradamus:

Just bought a Basslines MM replacement pickup I plan on installing in my defretted 5-string Jazz copy. I'd like to know exactly where the routing should be done. If any Sting Ray owners can measure the distance from the nut to the front coil, I'd appreciate it greatly. I'm not particularly interested in getting the exact sound, but I'd like a reference point. The stock neck pickup will be left in place (the body is back routed), but not wired to anything. Thanks in advance.

you do know that the nut is at the top of the neck at the end of the fretboard and by thte headstock. right?
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i would agree, except that his bridge most likely isn't the same as an EBMM bridge, so he's kind of lost.

 

even if you do have your bass perfectly intonated, the 34" scale length starts at the contact point between the string and the bridge saddle and ends at the contact point between the string and the nut. so measuring from the front of the bridge, even though it's a fixed object, means very little to anyone who doesn't have the same bass.

 

the only reliable way to measure is from the nut, which does not move or change location from bass to bass.

 

robb.

 

robb.

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On my StingRay5 the distance from nut to the front edge of the pickup is 29 9/16 inches. The distance to the edge of the cavity is a touch less than that (a tad over 29 1/2 inches). The distance from the nut to the front edge of the front pole piece is 29 13/16 inches.

 

There might be a touch of measurement error. I hope this helps.

 

Peace.

 

(By the way, it would be good if cornbread re-measured from the nut to confirm my measurements. And maybe BenLoy and music-man could measure the same distance on their StingRays and/or jeremyc and dcr could do the measurements for their Sterlings. Hopefully everyone gets the same measurement! ;) )

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Originally posted by robb.:

i would agree, except that his bridge most likely isn't the same as an EBMM bridge, so he's kind of lost.

 

even if you do have your bass perfectly intonated, the 34" scale length starts at the contact point between the string and the bridge saddle and ends at the contact point between the string and the nut. so measuring from the front of the bridge, even though it's a fixed object, means very little to anyone who doesn't have the same bass.

 

the only reliable way to measure is from the nut, which does not move or change location from bass to bass.

 

robb.

 

robb.

Thanks. No insult to anyone else, but this is why I asked for a measurement from nut to the center of the front polepieces . This eliminates variations in intonation, brige type, pickup shell size, etc. Thanks again.
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I have an Idea!!!

 

Nostradamus, Why dont you go to a music store and measure the distance on a MM yourself??? Then you know exactly what the measurement for sure and where exactly its from :D

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