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Looking For Expertise: 5 Strings Over A 6 String Pickup

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by crisscrosscrash, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

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    So I'm working on a couple of small sort-of-tenor guitars (or are they big baritone ukes?) - 20.25" scale - and I was considering putting 5 strings on one of them, just for fun...
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    Originally I was thinking I'd have to get some sort of mando pickup made for 5 strings, but then the other day I was at a guitar shop while vacationing in LA, and saw this Schoen MandoCello with 5 strings over a Lollar, with the strings falling centered between the pole pieces...
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    But I didn't have time to try it out and see how it sounded... Anyone have any guesses as to whether there would be any noticeable (or weird) effects of using a 6 string guitar pickup under 5 strings in this way? I know Fender J-basses have strings between poles like this, and I had always understood this was designed to attentuate the attack. I know what that sounds like on a bass... what would the effect be on a guitar? (I know a bent high E string ends up between the poles on a neck pickup - I don't notice any sort of volume dropoff...)

    Thoughts? I have a JM p-90 lying around that I could use with this 5 string project, but I don't want to rout for it only to find it sounds odd and wish I had sourced a 5 string pickup...
     
  2. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don't know but you can always use a blade pickup.
     
  3. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

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    True - though I'd much prefer to use the p-90 if I can, mostly because I prefer it, but also because I already have it! (And I could just offset it, leaving one pole uncovered, but that's aesthetically unappealing...)
     
  4. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

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    Keef just removes the pole on the low E for his 5-stringers.
     
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    metecem Friend of Leo's

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    I am right now building a 4 string 20,706" scale one. I got my PU man make me a blade pickup...
     
  6. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Works on Fender P & J Basses. I've seen a CGB with a Strat pickup under the lid, didn't seem to make a difference.
    Rail pups or Lipstick Tubes will work if you don't want to go with the other setup.
     
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