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I have a collection of single coil pickups and pots from several electric gits (six-strings) that I picked up for salvage.  How would I go about using them on 3 or 4-string CBGs?  Also, can they be installed inside the box and still work?

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Yes, you can use a 6 string pup with a 3 or 4 string CBG.  Sometimes they can be installed inside the box.  It depends on the output of the pup, the box thickness and action.

Thanks Ted.  I appreciate your comeback!

Ted Crocker said:

Yes, you can use a 6 string pup with a 3 or 4 string CBG.  Sometimes they can be installed inside the box.  It depends on the output of the pup, the box thickness and action.

I've used any number of 6 pole pups for sundry builds, they work just fine. The strat pup I cut into an early build worked very well! I tend to tip them over so the the maximum number of poles are used but I have no proof this is any better than just straight across in the usual fashion. Right now I'm in hand to hand combat with a build that uses a Jackson Humbucker that I have high hopes for. The pup is getting laid over nearly parallel with the strings (3 of) so the strings each near enough exactly cross a pole on each bank. A bit fiddly but should pay off. I like humbuckers a great deal, lovely huge sound but I've also had good success using 4 pole bass pups. Tip them over just a bit and you get an exact match for the 2 outer strings while the middle string cuts diagonally between the middle 2 poles. Seems to work pretty good, but as I say, I have no proof this is the best option. I've made others with the pup just straight across the strings and they seem to go pretty good too. I'm no expert. Do try the humbucker thing tho, I'm fairly sure you'll like the result:-)

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