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purple hayes
post Jun 16 2009, 01:24 PM
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I took my new guitar into the shop for a set up and it came back with the pickups adjusted like this. The picture is exaggerated a little, but not much. Why would you set up a guitar like that?



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post Jun 16 2009, 01:32 PM
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There is a height adjustment on either side of the pickup for this very reason. I suppose it is since the higher strings are smaller diameter, it keeps the string distance the same as the thicker (lower) strings. Am I wrong guys?


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post Jun 16 2009, 01:33 PM
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The pickups height changes the tone and the pickup response. The closer you put the pickup to the strings the more output you get and the sound becomes more trebly but if you put the pickup too close to the strings you get unwanted harmonics and increased noise.

The way your pickup was adjusted is to give you more low end on the lower strings, if you want more clarity but less low end then raise it on this side. If your high strings are too trebly for you taste try lowering them.

Pickup height is all about personal preferance, you can change your guitars characteristiics A LOT with diffrent pickup heights.


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post Jun 16 2009, 01:57 PM
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Is it just the height adjustment, or was the entire pickup moved? Sounds like what you are describing is that they offset the pickup similar to a Tele or single coil on a strat. Some of the old Kramer's had a bucker that was offset but the body was routed for this.

Can you put up an actual picture?


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post Jun 16 2009, 02:05 PM
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Often times they'll shift it closer to the strings at one end to account for amplitude differences between strings, so that one string isn't louder than all the others. This would be most noticeable on a clean, uncompressed setting, as overdrive will tend to smooth this out anyway.

It is usually preference though, as others here have said. You can put the pickups however you like, it'll just sound slightly different and interact with the strings a little differently.
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post Jun 16 2009, 02:18 PM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Jun 16 2009, 08:57 AM) *
Is it just the height adjustment, or was the entire pickup moved? Sounds like what you are describing is that they offset the pickup similar to a Tele or single coil on a strat. Some of the old Kramer's had a bucker that was offset but the body was routed for this.

Can you put up an actual picture?
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It was just a height adjustment, but it was very noticeable. The neck pickup was lowered so far on the heavy strings that it seemed to have fallen off the end of the adjusting screw.

/can't post a picture, I corrected the problem already.


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post Jun 16 2009, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE (purple hayes @ Jun 16 2009, 09:18 AM) *
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It was just a height adjustment, but it was very noticeable. The neck pickup was lowered so far on the heavy strings that it seemed to have fallen off the end of the adjusting screw.

/can't post a picture, I corrected the problem already.


Ah, I see now. Not sure what I was thinking from your illustration.. rolleyes.gif Glad you got it worked out. smile.gif


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post Jun 16 2009, 05:54 PM
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Me too didn't quite understand the picture, but if the problem is solved, no harm done biggrin.gif


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post Jun 16 2009, 09:01 PM
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here is a cool mod i did to my new guitar with the extra seymour duncan JB i had.


i raised one of the single coils poles (the little magnets, not the pick up itself) height very high, and kept the other very low. what this did was make a strat tone, with still a little kick to cancel out noise and give it a little fatter sound,


the 2 rail single coil picks i had came with 5 wires, so i wired them as single coil, the result is amazing clean strat like tone, right in the middle of hot rodded and vintage


heres the picture:


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