Originally Posted by megafiddle
On the one piece Jazz pickup, the poles themselves vary in height to follow the radius.
The arc of the poles to follow the fretboard radius is built into the Jazz pickup.
a few do this, but all too many don't (vintage J pickups never did). as a result, you get this problem:
Originally Posted by TomB
I have one I tilt like that because it has a too-powerful E-string, for some reason.
the reason is that the G and E end up closer to the pickup poles than the middle two, making those two strings, especially the E, too hot compared to the middle two.
the fix is to back the whole pickup away, so that the relative differences in string distances from the pickup get reduced.
this evens out the response, obviously at the cost of reduced output.