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    Looking to get into guitar modding.

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    I have a Rondo shortscale jazz bass, and I'd like to add another pickup to pick up just the E string.
    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should go about this?
    What type of pickup would work well for this? Where would be a good place to buy it?
    Are there any decent tutorials for adding pickups?

    Thanks.

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    I'd like to help you , but I can't tell an 'e string from a she string.
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    This sounds like something you would wind yourself.... Check into that on google and learn as much as you can, source some parts and get to it!
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    I'd be tempted to wind my own if it's just one string. Just get a round magnet and wind a whole bunch of 42-gauge wire around it. I've seen people rig up pickup winders using record players, and it would be that much easier with one round polepiece.

    Or I guess you could put something like a strat or dano pickup sideways, so it's just under the E. Just curious, though, what's the point of adding a pickup for just one string?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danw View Post
    I'd be tempted to wind my own if it's just one string. Just get a round magnet and wind a whole bunch of 42-gauge wire around it. I've seen people rig up pickup winders using record players, and it would be that much easier with one round polepiece.

    Or I guess you could put something like a strat or dano pickup sideways, so it's just under the E. Just curious, though, what's the point of adding a pickup for just one string?
    I could see some pretty cool stuff out of a 1 string pickup, though I'd guess that you're probably still going to get some residuals from the A string.

    If you added a pickup to one string and added new knobs and jack you could run it through a wah pedal to another amp! Oh la la!

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    Read through a book on electric guitar construction and another on repair. Stew-Mac would be a good source for that. Plan through what you're going to do and how you're going to do it before beginning.

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    I suspect that your one string pickup will be less satisfying than you imagine but do it anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danw View Post
    Just curious, though, what's the point of adding a pickup for just one string?
    I've actually got it strung up with three guitar strings (E-A-D) and the one bass string. I use it for playing barre-chorded punk, but the bass E string comes through much quieter than the guitar strings.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I hadn't even considered building my own pickup! Woah!

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    Am i reading this correctly that you have guitar strings on a bass guitar but keeping the low E bass string on?So you got low E bass string,low E guitar string,A guitar string and D guitar string on a bass guitar? EEAD
    Just curious

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmetal View Post
    Am i reading this correctly that you have guitar strings on a bass guitar but keeping the low E bass string on?So you got low E bass string,low E guitar string,A guitar string and D guitar string on a bass guitar? EEAD
    Just curious
    Yeah, except I tune it to dropped D, so DDAD.

    This way, I can form a crappy two-person punk band that sounds like a crappy three-person punk band!

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    That actually sounds like a cool idea. I've seen two-piece bands before, but the one I'm thinking of was either playing a bari or using an octave pedal; I forget which.

    Another thing I was thinking of, if you didn't want one goofy-shaped pickup or didn't feel like making your own, is to take a regular pickup and remove the polepieces below all but that string. I think some of the old Gretsch guitars with the stereo pickups had something like this, but I'm not sure how the coils were situated in those. I don't know how much it would pick up the other strings, but I bet the focus would be on that one. Maybe somebody else with more experience can tell you if that'd work.

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