Jackson JS2/3 Pickup height
I've been using a Jackson JS2 for quite a long time now, and I'm very satisfied with it, save for one little thing: I can't get the pickup height right. It seems that the high output humbucking pickups really live up to their name and when it came to me brand new from the shop they were set up pretty high (probably 5mm from the string) which resulted in a strong, nearly monstrous tone. And it wouldnt be a problem, but after a while it occured to me that the gain is so high it simply distorts the tone beyond recognition. I've tried to set them a little further from the strings (especially the neck pickup) but it resulted in a massive drop in output, especially noticeable in a passive bass.
Does anyone know what should be the recommended pickup height for those pickups? As far as I know the JS3 model has the same and on all the photos they seem to be set pretty high.
This is really a matter of preference with no particular right answer and only one wrong answer: if the pickups are too close to your strings you will experience a phenomenon known as 'magnetic string pull' (guitarists call it strat-itis) which sounds like a wobbling, pulsing effect when you play in the higher frets.
Here's how I set pickup height:
Now for the neck pickup. You have two choices here: you can solo the neck pickup and use the exact same procedure so the neck pickup is set for optimum signal strength without string pull. OR, if you tend to play a lot with both pickups on full, you can set the neck pickup to the position that yields the best blend between the two pickups as follows:
i dont understand. You dont want the a super hot output because it distorts. After setting the pickups lower you dont want too much drop in volume. Can you just find a middle point and solve the problem?
Thank you for the extensive reply testing1two, I've been messing around with the pickups and I think I'm almost there. What especially mattered to me is the part of the guide regarding the neck pickup, since it's the one that ends up having a lot of gain.
@maturanesa - yes, I know it sounds pretty simple, the problem was just getting to this sweet spot, since I usually ended getting too much gain or too big drop in volume. Thanks to this guide I was able to finally find the middle ground I think :)
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