Thursday, 06 August 2015
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Hey Sheldon. I was just wondering why so many basses have a radius on the fingerboard but then have flat pickups installed. That never made a lot of sense to me. Why is that such a common practice to have flat pickups when the fingerboard has a radius? Have you ever thought about applying a radius to your pickups? Is there any way to have pickups made that way? Also, another question. How would you go about creating a ramp for a Dingwall that has the 3X pickup configuration? Thanks
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Probably the real reason is that it would increase the cost of the pickups and there aren't enough customers requesting the change. Mechanically, traditional pickup coils have to be flat. The shell could be made with a radiused top and split coils could be installed in a "roof top" configuration or adjustable poles with ceramic magnets could be used or a sidewinder coil design could be custom fit. In our case the radius at the bridge on our long scale basses is 25". So flat it wouldn't pay to tweak the pickups any further for output reasons. Ramps are so personal you'd have to first dial in your pickup heights to perfection, then I'd look at laminating some plastic or ebony tops onto the shells and radiusing them. You're going to need a pretty sophisticated luthier to pull it off though.
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