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Old 11-22-2021, 09:58 AM
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Default Improper realist pick up installation


I recently bought a bass fitted with a realist pickup. The pickup has got 2 protruding dots which I believe is a characteristic of early realist pickups - see photo

The pickup seems to have a low output compared to the realist pickup I have installed on my other bass.

Whoever installed the pickup made some tiny grooves in the bridge foot to cover the holes - see photo.

Am I right into thinking that is not a good idea? Instructions for the pickup say that "it is important that the bridge foot come into full contact with the raised dots".

If that was a bad idea, would filling in the grooves an option? Should I use a wood filler? Copper foil?

Any suggestion/idea welcome!


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Old 11-22-2021, 09:28 PM
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I had one of these on a bass some years ago. I don't remember it sticking up so high. These can also damage the top as well. Again, consult a bass luthier.
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