Metal ruler and pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Jarkko Tapano, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Jarkko Tapano

    Jarkko Tapano

    Mar 30, 2015

    May be a stupid question, but here we go.
    I’m using a metal ruler to measure pickup height. From polepiece to string.
    Could that harm pickup anyway? For example If the ruler will magnetize from touching pole piece?
  2. digmeout


    Oct 21, 2012
    For years I've always used a metal ruler to measure pickup height, one of the small ones in 32nds and 64ths, never had a problem.
  3. Leo Thunder

    Leo Thunder

    Sep 27, 2018
    No. Extreme heat would however. Do not get a soldering iron too close.
    A simple way to set the distance between pick-up and strings is with a set of Allen wrenches. Just get a 3mm one to run between both while fretting a string at the end of the neck and you'll have your "recommended nominal height", from which you can deviate as much as you like.
    Or stack a few guitar picks of known thickness to the same effect. I used to measure string action this way.
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