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Pickup Height Adjustment Question

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by bluesy, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. bluesy

    bluesy Tele-Holic

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    Does anyone prefer to adjust the bass side higher than the treble side?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. sjtalon

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    Nope- I normally go the other way around, high higher.
     
  3. Jack Knife

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    Depends on the guitar/string/a lot of other stuff combination. In other words, sometimes.
     
  4. tedro

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    never. even sometimes, never higher.
     
  5. samato

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    Not me either, but don't let that stop you if it sounds right. Has to do with your pick/finger attack, and we all hit the strings differently.
     
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    Use your ears and make yourself happy. We ain't you, ya know?:cool:
     
  7. johmica

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    To follow up on bluesy's question, isn't there a general sweet spot that you're looking for. Too close to the string, and the string and the magnet interact with one another negatively, too far away from the string, and the pickup sounds weak and brittle? Anyone have any general guidelines, maybe a place to start and from which to make fine-tune adjustments?
     
  8. Suicideking

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    put 2 nickels on the Low E string pickup and then fret the 21st or last fret. When the string touches the top of the two nickels that is a great place to start. On the High E string do the same thing only use 1 nickel. This is not "the best" place for everybody just a good place to start and adjust from. This might be perfect for you exactly or you might want to adjust a little..
     
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  9. scat4me

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    Height Adjustment (from Pickupology):

    The distance between pickup and string is a very important factor for output and sound.
    As a general rule for the bridge pickup - put a nickel on top of the pickup under the high E string and play the highest note on that string. Adjust the height on that side of the pickup till the string touches the nickel. Repeat the same with the low E string, but use two nickels on top of each other. If this gives you too much output, you can reduce the height slightly. Don't forget that twice the distance will reduce the output by about 60%, and the sound will lose some lows. NOW, you can adjust the neck pickup to match the output of the bridge pickup. For the sound test, use stage volume.
     
  10. samato

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    I find that I often cannot get the pickups low enough for my liking. The screws come out of the pickups! I guess I like a very low output sound (and I hit too hard).
     
  11. Suicideking

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    Thats what I said... ;)

    got a little ahead of myself on telling him the adjustment, and switche the high E and the low E.

    But thank you for your earth shattering save and the bold print as if I said the earth is flat. Since the thread was does anybody adjust the low e or bass side higher then the High E and most people dont I figured he would know what I meant. I guess I should have overviewed my original post..
     
  12. GCKelloch

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    Bill's PUP height guide most likely compensates for an angled Strat/Tele lead PUP mounting. Since there are two lead single coils occupying the former humbucker space on My Parker Nitefly, I end up setting the height more even for the low and high E. It could just be me, but I actually prefer the low E even higher than the high E with certain PUP's. i.e. my GFS XV-585's EHV bridge humbucker.
     
  13. MSquier

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    After reading this and the nickel suggestion I think mine are way too high. I need to try lowering to see what happens.
     
  14. photogfinn

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    Just put together a parts-caster two weeks ago, with Fender MIJ 1987 neck and a 1962 alder body (date in neck, under nitro finish, not sure of manufacturer), and had my local specialist guitar store finalize the pickup soldering and set up. Found the E and A strings to be "boomy" so lowered the bridge pickup, and everything was fine, with lots of twang. Bridge pickup is a Fender 50 RI. Pickup height made a big difference in the sound!

    I'll have to try the nickel test and see how close I got.
     
  15. MSquier

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    I just lowered mine a lot, more than the nickel. I like it, more twangy I guess. This is a cheap copy with ceramic mag pickups if that matters any. Learning lots on this site.
     
  16. CAAD8N8

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    I put the bass side higher than the treble side. I guess I'm weird.
     
  17. GCKelloch

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    Yeah. I wouldn't mention that in mixed company:lol:
     
  18. DOGMA Dunn

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    Pickup height adjustment is an art/skill in itself. Learning to tweek it is like learning how your guitar works in conjunction with your amp.
     
  19. teegee

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    Anyone have any guidelines for setting a bridge pup height if you have a SD Hot Rails humbucker installed? There's some curvature on the pup rails that is higher in the middle than on either the low or high end.

    Thanx.
     
  20. FenderGuy53

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    I usually adjust my neck and bridge pickups to 6/64" on the treble side and 8/64" on the bass side. The resulting sound with my Tonerider Hot Classics-laden Tele was a bit bass-heavy, so I tried the "nickel trick" on both pickups and was very pleasantly surprised. Now, I have a much more balanced sound from string to string. Very nice!
     
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