A question about the balance between the bridge and neck pickup's volume.

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  1. Digiplay

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    On one of my original songs I'm recording separate tracks using the bridge only pickup on one track, and using only the neck pickup on the other track, with both tracks playing the same riff (I'm trying to decide which tone suits the song better).


    From a waveform perspective, the bridge only track waveform is noticeably larger than the neck pickup track.


    Besides the audible/waveform difference in volume, ideally should the two pickups's volume be as close as possible?
     
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    For me, yes. I suggest adjusting pickup height accordingly.
     
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    Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees :)

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    Yep, unless requested otherwise of one of my builds, I set the bridge pup where I want it and then use a decibel meter to measure it and set the neck as close to the same as I can get.

    Some people want the bridge a little louder for a boost in volume when doing leads.

    Eric
     
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    There is peak volume and “perceived” volume - sort of RMS, but not really as the way our ears perceive things are a bit different. There are a few standard ways to calculate perceived “loudness” used by mastering engineers.

    All of that aside, as a guitar player, I like the output of my bridge pickup noticeably higher than the output of my neck pickup. I always play with a little bit of breakup and set my pickups so the bridge is nice an crunchy when I play aggressively, but noticeably cleaner (and bluesier) when when I switch to the neck. Now if I play my amp completely clean, the pickups sound unbalanced, but the way I have my amp set, the heavier crunch compresses the bridge signal more so it evens out. Works amazingly well for me, but YMMV!
     
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