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Ibanez 4-string bass with a pickup for 5-string bass mounted. Why?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by blackcom, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. blackcom

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    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eb...5&color=CL01&year=2011&cat_id=2&series_id=472

    This is a four-string bass with a pickup meant for a 5-string bass mounted. EMG 40DC for 5-string instead of an EMG 35DC for 4-string

    Does anyone know what the reason might be for this, will it make the E and G strings sound "better" or anything?

    I need a bass I can tune down to F# (F#, B, E, A) to play together with my 8-string guitar.
     
  2. ex-250

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    Wide string spacing perhaps.

    I have an SX 5-string with 4-string size pickups...so who knows.
     
  3. Rex Rocker

    Rex Rocker Call me Hugo!

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    Those EMG pickups have blade polepieces, so I doubt there'd be THAT big of a difference.
     
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    yeah, so it might be for looks or they couldn't get enough 35dc's from EMG haha.
     
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    It's probally to make the manufacture of their basses cheaper. Stocking one part instead of two can save money when your mass producing things.

    If you pay attention to a car companies models you will notice they often use many of the same parts on several models of cars for the same reason.
     
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    Thats probably a type-o. Why would they waste extra money, as negligible as it may be when buying parts at cost, on a more expensive pickup for something like that?

    If it isn't, the only reason I can see otherwise is because the string spacing is too wide.
     

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