Fender P-Bass Pickup - Different magnetisation between E+A and D+G sections?

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  1. NeilMcG

    NeilMcG TDPRI Member

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    Just got a new P-bass pickup (Fender Original Vintage #0992046000 - alnico 5, "vintage 62" design) and in the process of messing around with it I offered up an allan key to the pole pieces to see how heavily magnetised they were.

    It looks to me like the 4 poles in the D+G section of the pickup are more heavily magnetised compared to the 4 poles in the E+A section. (the level of magnetisation appears the same within each section though)

    Has anyone else seen this? I've never seen this mentioned before, but it looks like a way of balancing the different string output.
     
  2. Cadfael

    Cadfael Tele-Meister

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    Never heard of it...
     
  3. NeilMcG

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    Installed it today and it works fine, so that different magnetisation level must be intentional.

    I thought one of the pickup gurus on this board may pipe up with more info. I'll try TalkBass, see if anyone knows there. I'm curious!
     
  4. Cadfael

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    For a P62 there is NO NEED for different magnets as each string an be hights-adjusted by the PU.

    AND I did a lot of research on Leo's work.
    He made everything as simple as possible for his workers (to keep a qualtiy standard). Different magnets? No...
     
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    Well he did not say that the magnets were different, just that one half of the pickup was more heavily magnetized. I suppose that is possible because its probably impossible to make two halves of a pickup exactly the same magnetism. The pickup is humbucking as all P-bass pickups and that is what makes them work so well.
     
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