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PV 64 bridge pickup height

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by fender4life, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    This is really odd. Has anyone else noticed the 64 bridge pickup reacts opposite of other pickups with respect to height? I actually have mine quite close to the strings in order to eliminate tinniness in the top ! When i lower it i swear it gets brighter. never saw that with any other pickup that i can recall.
     
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    I find that to be true with a lot of pickups. I think backing the height down a little removes some midrange girth and maybe fizz ( depending on the pickup ) and seems to increase the treble.

    It might be a bit of an auditory illusion, but what you're describing is familiar to me.

    I have terrible hearing, so take it with a grain of salt please.
     
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    I don't recall any other pickup being like that. I suppose it may also depend on your rig and settings tho.
     
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    Lower pickup means less volume and a clearer sound to me, not muffled. Closer to strings will be louder (drives amp sooner) and the wound strings might start overpowering the unwound ones.
     
  5. fender4life

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    Not with this pickup. At least not in my guitar thru my amp into my ear. Not sure why. But i have it set higher than any alnico rod pickup i ever used, especially considering it's A5. String pull isn't as much of an issue at the bridge and i haven't had intonation or sustain issues. But i now have both treble and bass sides really close. Crazy. But it sound better then it has since i got it !
     
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    I would agree with you. I would hypothesize that it is due to the raised and staggered pole pieces, which makes for a brighter sound. It takes raising the coil closer to the strings to bring out girth, especially compared to say, a flat, non-staggered Broadcaster type, which will be fatter sounding because the coil will be closer to the strings relative to the height of the pole pieces of the 64.
     
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  7. fender4life

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    Not sure thats why because i have had many with raised and staggered poles including the 62 custom bridge pickup the 64 replaced. That one is A2 and much less bright so u would think it would be much less harsh close to the strings, yet it got harsh if it was too high and not even as high as i have the 64 now.
     
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