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Posted by Tim on May 23, 2002 at 10:26:31:

In Reply to: Pick ups posted by R Joseph on May 22, 2002 at 14:09:45:

: I need some sort of pick-up system for my double bass, but since I'm a poor musician, I don't want to spend any money. I've been wondering about rigging an old P Bass pick-up I have from my spare parts collection to M'Lady somehow. I'm curious as to any feedback or advice from the gallery here as to what actions I should take, if any, or if this is just a poor man's dream. Thanks.

There are essentially three kinds of pickups for your double bass - a magnetic pickup, a piezo pickup, and a microphone. The magnetic pickup (which is what you are describing here) has the most "electric" sound - and sounds the least like what your bass really sounds like unamplified. A microphone obviously picks up the actual sound of your bass, and the piezo pickup is somewhere in between the two. Of course, if you have no money to spend and the magnetic pickup is all you have, then you don't have much of a choice I guess.

I know there are magnetic pickups that are a part of the bridge, and others that attach to the end of the fingerboard. The best bet for your situation will probably be to try to attach the p bass pickup to the end of your fingerboard somehow. It seems to me I've read somewhere on the internet about someone who has done almost exactly what you are describing by this method.

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