1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Crooked (Defective?) Humbuckers

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Structiste, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
    After years of contemplation, I finally give in and purchase my VERY FIRST guitar - a MIM Fender Vintera '70s Telecaster Deluxe - and am now thinking I made a mistake. The pickups seem to be seated sloppily. I’m having a hard time accepting this is the quality of a $900 Fender .. please help
     
  2. Paul45

    Paul45 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    419
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Location:
    UK
    You see those two screws at the side of the pickup? Those are height adjustment screws. Get a screwdriver and you can adjust the pickups to your desired orientation.
     
    3-Chord-Genius, naneek and oldfish like this.
  3. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,416
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Location:
    Michigan
    Turn the screws to adjust.TAHDAHH!
     
    3-Chord-Genius and oldfish like this.
  4. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,722
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2016
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    Not sure if this is a joke... unless you're a new player.

    Some players like the pickups lower at the bass side (thicker strings) and higher at the treble side (thinner strings). If it's a new guitar and you're a new player, I suggest taking it to a good luthier (guitar tech) and have your wonderful guitar set up properly.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2020
    Bella and naneek like this.
  5. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    4,552
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    Anderson, IN
    In the words of my non-guitar playing wife, "Jeepers!"
     
  6. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    31
    Posts:
    1,379
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2016
    Location:
    Tip of the Mitt
    Pickups aren't typically flat/level.
     
    littlebadboy likes this.
  7. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,962
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2006
    Location:
    Vienna, Austria
    Use your ears, not your eyes, to adjust pickup height/slant & polepiece height.

    As others have already pointed out, pickups usually don't sit straight, especially with neck humbuckers you want to have them sit much lowervon the bass side.
     
    stepvan and naneek like this.
  8. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,030
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    Here is a great video to see how a famous player set his pickups for the tones he wanted.




    Here's how to do it, by another famous player




    .
     
  9. Deathray

    Deathray Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    1,519
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2019
    Location:
    Central illinois
    Welcome to the forum!
     
  10. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    13,281
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Welcome! We want to see photos of the whole guitar.

    the pickups look very normal. Congrats- you picked a Tele as your first guitar!
     
    naneek likes this.
  11. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    12,090
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Location:
    near Arnold's
    I keep saying it over and over. Brick and mortar Guitar shops still have a place in this world.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2020
    naneek and corliss1 like this.
  12. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
    Ahaaahh! I can not yet hear, but indeed I SEE,I SEE. Yes, I am a brand Fender spankin new guitar player, so would not have otherwise known this. I pardon myself to the good people of Mx who built this beauty and the guitar gods who conceived it.
    I think what got me worried was a video I had seen RE the construction of these unique Pickups, with their high number of windings, which gave me paranoid visions of a bundled mess of wire crammed inside the covers .... Thank you all for the replies ! Looks like I am good to go :)
     
    naneek likes this.
  13. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
    I did at first head straight to to the only remaining nearby “brick and mortar” shop in Torrance, CA, which pleasantly popped Up on my google search, to ask them ..... However, I found only a delivery pickup/receiving facility, which the manager told me is accessible via the website .. 3 other independent shops I vaguely knew of have all vanished recently.
     
  14. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
    First guitar ever ! Its an early 50th bday present ;)
     
    littlebadboy and naneek like this.
  15. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    3,337
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2014
    Location:
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    Welcome, and congrats on the new guitar. But, we need pics of the whole guitar. thanks. :cool::D
     
  16. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    12,090
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Location:
    near Arnold's
    My procedure for humbuckers:

    1. Turn all 4 control knobs up to 10

    2. Lower the neck pickup almost flush with the surround or pickguard. Maybe 1/16" above pickguard. Raise the treble side (thin strings) maybe 1/8" higher than the bass side (thick strings) of the pickup. Look up a "Stratocaster" pickup and set the pole piece screws in the pickup itself in a similar "stagger". "Tilt" the pickup so that the back (bridge side) of the pickup is a bit higher than the front of the pickup (neck side), following the plane of the strings from the bridge to the headstock. Keep this basic orientation.

    3. Listen to the guitar through your amp at your typical volumes (if lower than typical TV volume, turn up to TV volume). Do you like what you hear? Do any strings sound quieter than the others? When you strum evenly and then pluck each strings low to high, evenly in succession? If the top three strings are quieter, raise the treble (thin string) side of the pickup maybe 1/16" more. Does that fix it? Now strum evenly again and fine-tune any strings that are too loud or quiet with the pole piece screws. Small adjustments - 1/8 to 1/16 of a turn either way.

    4. Set the bridge pickup basically like 2 above. But the treble (thin) side of that pickup may be more like 1/16" higher than the bass side, or even close to flat. But at 1/16"-1/8" taller overall than the neck pickup. The Repeat 3 for the Bridge pickup. Typically the goal is to have the bridge pickup be as loud or just slightly louder than the neck pickup. But you don't want it so high that it is almost to the strings.

    5. Fine tune both pickups one final time, using 3 above.

    It looks to me in pics like your neck pickup may be pretty close to a decent height and your bridge can come up a bit. But it's hard to tell in pics and your ears are your guide.

    Good luck and have fun.

    Hope this all makes sense.
     
  17. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
     

    Attached Files:

    Crobbins and gregulator450 like this.
  18. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,267
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2014
    Location:
    The Dry Side
    Congrats on the new tele! You are in the right place for everything tele.
     
  19. beachbreak

    beachbreak Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    107
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2012
    Location:
    Florida
    You picked a GREAT guitar for your birthday!

    Congrats and feel free to ask questions of the knowledgeable people here.
     
  20. Structiste

    Structiste TDPRI Member

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2020
    Location:
    California
    VERY greatly appreciated ! Printing this for future reference.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.