Pickups FAQ

General information about pickups types, tone, and selection.

What do Active and Passive mean?
There is a lot of confusion about the terms active and passive when it comes to pickups and electronics.  Here's the deal: A passive instrument do...
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:57 PM
b-axis Pickups Design Details
The new Bartolini b-axis pickups series is based on the very foundations of Bill Bartolini's initial pickup designs back in the early '70s. The m...
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 2:46 PM
Pickups Wiring by Series - 4 conductor or 1 conductor Cheat Sheet
Here is a handy cheat sheet that shows cable type by pickup series.  Pickup Family/Series Hookup Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar Plug Bass Candybar C...
Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Distance between pickups and strings
There is no specific measurement for the distance between the top of a Bartolini pickup and the bottom of the strings. The reason being: you cannot get too ...
Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 8:44 AM