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5&6 String Basses w/Humbucking Pickups


Tenstrum

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I may be smoking crack on this one, but why is it that most 5 and 6 string basses have humbucking pickups?

 

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I'd think it would be for a fuller tone. The lowest string needs some extra gain, and the elimination of noise doesn't hurt, either. Also, they sound a lot smoother than single coil pickups.

 

Of course, there are also "stacked humbucker" pickups, like the ones used for Jazz style basses, that work well with 5 and 6 strings. Some say these pickups sound compressed compared to their single coil cousins, but that may be an asset for some folks who crave single coil tones, with a little extra gain on top. This design also tends to roll off some highs, but not too much.

 

I can get some clangy tones out of my 5 string, yet still retain the humbucker punch. A lot of the better active basses can do this. Just try a few in different amp/speaker combos.

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