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Old June 25th, 2013, 05:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pickup spacing, is it a big deal ?

Hi everyone, I ordered the Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversary DP223 pickup for my self made/assembled tele.
I was a bit tired and low on energy when I ordered the pickups, and even the shop keeper didn't asked me any questions, and I received the pickup and after installing on the guitar I noticed that the poles were not aligning straight with the 1st E and B string. And I realized I should have specified that I need F-spaced pickups while ordering. Looks like I got the pickup meant for Les-paul guitars.
I checked the specs and it seems the String-Spacing (on bridge) for Les-Paul it is ~43mm, and for Fender ~51mm. And that is why the 1st and 2nd string looked few mm off from the center of their respective pole pieces.

Then I played the guitar for a while and because I am no expert in all this, I didn't notice any problem. So is this string alignment with pole pieces, how big is this problem ?

What do you folks suggest ? shall I just use this pickup in the neck-position instead ?

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Old June 25th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My experience has been, that the poles for the neck PU should be right under the strings for good string balance. For the lead PU, doesn't seem so important. Not a scientific study; just what I have noticed over the years.

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Old June 25th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Donelson.
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I have thrown reg humbuckers in my Floyd-ed strat and when the string spacing doesn't line up I may lift that side of the pup a little more but have never thought it to be much of a problem.
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Standard Dimarzio HBs are 48.6mm spacing and F types 51mm. Less than 1.5mm difference.
The standard Tele bridge is 54mm so you're never going to get perfect alignment.

In the past I have bent the mounting lugs to shift the pickup slightly over to one side so that the strings are centered over the pickup although not over the center of the pole pieces.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for your inputs, so I'll leave the guitar as it is then. BTW it looks like this now:
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, an F-spaced pickup would line up a little better. 2.4mm worth, which is why they're called (F)ender spaced. DiMarzio has an exchange program.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You can also raise the individual screws under each string to compensate.
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