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    Default Q about using half a Pbass

    Does it matter which half you use? Or are both usable?

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    Huh?
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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    Sorry, typing while sleeping, I guess. The pickup, I mean. They come as a pair, wired together. One of them will fit in a Mandobird.

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    Why not use them both. Don't stagger them like a Pbass set up.Stack them straight so you get two buttons under each string.::::

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    Yes, I've wondered why people don't do that. Might as well give yourself two options if you're going to split up a p-bass pickup. Otherwise you'd throw the other half away. Or of course you could give the other half to a fellow mandobird playing friend.
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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    I'm not really prepared to do routing at this time. One thing at a time.

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    Quote Originally Posted by Schlegel View Post
    Does it matter which half you use? Or are both usable?
    Both are usable.

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    I THINK the split pups are wound opposite directions to give hum cancelling with a single coil sound.

    each half is a single coil pup in it' own right and both/either can be used fine.

    I have a mountain of these things that I won in an ebay auction a while back & I tested them all before I built my mandostrat. both halves have the same resistance.
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    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Default Re: Q about using half a Pbass

    It doesn't matter which one you use, but it may matter how you orient them and you may need to do some soldering depending on how they are wired. On Bartolinis, there are three lugs that stick out from the case in which the wire is soldered. When you separate them one lug will be left free so you need to solder a "jumper" from one of the other lugs to the one that is free.

    I used to have a photo that showed the backs of the pickups and how they were soldered so that I would remember how to do it, but since I quit using Bartolinis I think I deleted the photo. FWIW, I have a Bartolini I'll make someone a deal on.

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