Posted by Royston on November 21, 2000 at 18:08:42:
In Reply to: fishman posted by Pete Mackie on November 13, 2000 at 18:21:32:
: I use a fishman pickup but i'm not really sure of the best way to set it up - pickup position etc.
: at the moment i seem to be getting excessive finger noise
: Any suggestions
The most important thing in setting up the Fishman pickup is getting a flat surface under the pickup surface. If you have a perfectly flat surface under the pickup you get a huge increase in gain, especially in the bottom end, which effectively negates the finger noises. Using the Fishman preamp also helps. I had to file a couple of flat spots on the top of my bridge in order to get a good sound with the pickup, but as long as it's not too severe a filing job it shouldn't affect the acoustic sound. Getting a good fit with the pickup will also cut out a lot of feedback problems (I don't know if you have them, but I like to play LOUD!). In terms of positioning, I find that you get the best sound with the pickups set back about 3 to 4mm from the edge of the bridge. The rest is really just trial and error according to your particular bass.
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