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Pickup angle

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by istaticl, May 31, 2001.

  1. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    I've heard that lowering the bass side of your pick-up and raising the treble ide will increase the overall sustain and sound of your bass. Is this true? If so how would you do it.
  2. holderman


    May 25, 2000
    Don't know about sustain, but it sure helps with string-to-string output balance.
  3. I don't think you will see a change in sustain. All this does is bring the microphone closer to the strings, which makes those strings LOUDER.
    Many advisors suggest keeping passive pickups 1/8 inch from the string when fretted at the last fret.
    Search the forums and you'll find plenty of information concerning pickup height and overall set-up tips.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    With most pups you can adjust the height by loosening(up)/tightening (down) the screws on the ends of the pickup covers.

    The basic rule is that further away from the strings = better tone. Closer to the strings = more volume. So, you can't have it both ways.

    Getting the pickup too close to the strings can cause some nasty things to happen. Other than the sound of the strings acutally hitting the cover, you may hear bad overtones, double notes, and it may sound like you're not tuned/intonated correctly. You might also experience noise from the upper frets, too. This is because the magnets are so close that they are actually pulling the strings closer.

    The bad notes occur because the magnets are so close that they cause the strings to vibrate in a vertical pattern instead of an elliptical pattern.

    Sustain is a function of of your strings vibrating and the body wood(s) resonating, not the pickups. Sustain may SEEM increased because of the higher output of closer strings, so the notes decay is louder.

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