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135 - The Mysterious World of Bass Pickups (Explained!)

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Put simply, pickups capture the vibrations of a string and turn it into an electrical signal, but there’s a whole world of minutiae regarding magnets, windings and pole pieces that can drag you deep into anorak territory! In today’s episode, we’re shedding some light on the different types that are available, and the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

In this episode

  • Series vs. Parallel explained
  • What’s the difference between a soapbar and a humbucker?
  • What's a pickup pole? And why is It important?
  • Active vs. Passive pickups
  • And much, much more!

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