Do you tilt your Jazzmaster pickups?

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  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Jazzmaster, being somewhat archtop-like in their geometry, typically have their strings passing over the body and toward the bridge at more of an angle than, say, a Strat or Tele. Also unlike on a Strat or Tele, Jazzmaster pickups can be tilted toward the bridge or head, as well as toward the bass or treble side.

    So do you tilt your Jazzmaster pickups to match the string angle? Or do you keep the top of the pickup covers basically parallel with the pickguard? I'm still playing with mine (along with the pickup heights and overall balance), but so far I've kept them parallel with the strings. It just "seems" right; I felt that the pickups, being wider and flatter than other Fender single coils, should "meet" the strings in a consistent way (I also use 1.5 degrees worth of shim, to make up for using 10's, so my string angle is perhaps more exaggerated than normal, even for a Jazzmaster). But I honestly have no knowledge to back this up.
     
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  2. BorderRadio

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    Sure, tilt em. I always have, one of my OCDs :)
     
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  3. EsquireOK

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    Ideally, they have that geometry. Many do not, and it causes the spectrum of "classic" Jag/JM problems.

    So, most "offsets" are flat when I get them, but I set them up nicely, to feel like a Gibson, and then yes, I do tilt the pickups.
     
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  4. colnago

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    I tilt them on my Jazzmaster.
    I can't tilt the ones on my Firebird for the life of me though.
     
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    Damn, and here I thought I was being weird!
     
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    Tilted always. I don't think I've ever done any different.
     
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    Absolutely, and in two planes to control the string balance.

    They all go in parts guitars I put together and I drill the mounting screw holes at an angle to facilitate the inevitable need for the pickups to be angled.
    Those thin screws can flex a little but the long tubular holes in the covers force the screws into the same line as the holes drilled in the body wood.

    Gibson made tilted dogear mounts but failed to rout tilted solidbody routs for recessed P-90 mounting.
    Similarly as @colnago said, it is hard or impossible to tilt those recessed P-90 mounts.
     
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    So are we "supposed" to do this for any reason, or are we all just obsessing over our Jazzmaster's (which does tend to happen, it seems).
     
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    i just use cleats on one shoe so I lean to the left, helps me blend in and I don't have to tilt the pickups.

    you can also make a plywood ramp, but its a pain draggin that around, (ask me how I know)....
     
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    Adjust pickups higher and lower and we find it makes huge difference in sound and output.
    The higher the bridge, the more the tilt needed.
    I prefer my bridge pickups generally quite close to the strings, and not being parallel to the strings makes that harder to set properly.

    If pickups are set quite low it will make less of a difference.
    Calculate the percentage the distance from the strings one side vs the other.
    Hight pickup setting like 1/16" to 1/8" is a 50% less or 100% greater difference.
    A low pickup setting like 1/4" to 5/16" is only a 20% difference.
    Even as the difference is only 1/16" from one edge to the other.
     
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  11. El Marin

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    I do that but not on a Jazzmaster, on a Batwing pickguard SG
     
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    Always good to have something new to obsess about on my JMs and I shall have the screwdrivers out in the morning.
     
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    I think it is more to do with me setting humbuckers that way on other guitars I've had, than say being obsessive, I think anyway lol
     
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    Sorry, I meant P90s doh!
     
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    Sorry, it's one of my secret settimgs. But I do set my Strats up in a very similar manner.
     
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    Jack the bridge and shim the neck!
     
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