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Does pickup height affect how tight the strings are?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassist 4 life, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Hey... was just wondering if pickup height affects how tight the strings are, I find the strings more comfy and loose when the pickups are close. Oh and by the way, how far should the pickup be from the string?
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Pickup height has no affect on the string's tightness. Do you rest your thumb on the pickup? Perhaps that causes a shift in your hand position causing you to be more comfortable.

    Pickup height is determined pretty much by desired output. All preference.
  3. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    They are completely seperate issues and are not related whatsoever. Read the sticky at the top of this page regarding action and truss rod adjustments for more in depth set-up information.
  4. Alrighty... Thanks!!
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If you put the pickups right up really close to the strings you might get some magnetic interference on the vibration properties of the strings. People generally try to avoid this effect.