Ideal pickup height for Jag Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JT Foster, Oct 14, 2021.

  1. JT Foster

    JT Foster

    Dec 27, 2014
    O’Fallon, MO
    Before you ask, I have read all of the previous threads I could find about pickup height.

    My new Bass has medium-high action. I put it that way because I play pretty hard with a pick and it doesn’t buzz. Strings feel perfect, neck feels perfect. I started messing with pickup height because the Bass sounded a little boomy on the low end, and ear piercing on the high end with drive. I accidentally stripped one of the screws while trying to find my sweet spot. I ordered new screws, and I can get the stripped screw out whenever I need to; but I’m more hesitant to adjust pickup height because of this.

    I read 2.8 on the treble side, and 2.0 on the bass side; but with the current string height this is impossible. I was too stupid to measure what it was before I adjusted them, so I honestly don’t even know where to start. I tried going off of sound, but I could only really tell a difference between all the way up and all the way down. The sound inconsistencies went away after I put them down more, but I can’t tell if they are too deep now.

    What’s the height you guys have on your PJ setup? I’m just looking to find a starting place, especially for someone who plays aggressively with a pick. I’m pretty out of my depth here, as I don’t usually mess with the pickups. If you have a picture you could post of yours, I would greatly appreciate it. 4A8B91D2-9FBE-4454-9AEA-C690D9CA889E.jpeg
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    No one size fits all with pickup height. Experiment with it and draw your own conclusions.
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  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Great advice.

    The great Bill Lawrence said fret the last fret and put two nickels space between the strings and the pickup as a starting point. Tweak height and tilt to get even output across the strings, then adjust up and down to taste and to remove ill effects of the magnetic field: if the pickup is too close it can cause unwanted string dampening and or odd warbling sounds caused by the magnets too close.

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