I’m sure this is probably a known thing, and I’m probably going to get laughed out of town for being previously unaware (just a joke, I know this isn’t a “laugh someone out of town” kinda place).
Anyway, the main bass I’m playing right now is my Ibanez SR500EPB. I’ve been playing some AC/DC songs lately, specifically “Big Balls” which has a lot of this:
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Each of those are quarter notes with rests between them. I’m using my plucking finger to mute the string for the rest. I noticed that once I muted a string, I’d hear this quiet harmonic tone, and I couldn’t figure it out.
Well, I just did.
On that bass, I’ve been anchoring my thumb to the backside of the neck pickup, and plucking between the neck and bridge pickup. I move my thumb up and down the strings as I play different strings, but the plucking always stays right between the pickups. Turns out, that bass has a harmonic point right between the pickups, right where I pluck the strings. So when I’d mute the plucked string with my plucking finger, a little harmonic would ring out!
So now I’m anchoring on the frontside of the bridge pickup, and plucking more towards the bridge pickup then directly between them.
Anyway, just thought I’d share.