Was surprised that there wasn't already a thread with this title. I must admit that I don't give a whole lot of thought to my pickup height. I generally treat them as thumb rests, adjust them to what's comfortable, and them raise them wee a bit towards the G string for more output on the thinner strings. On my recent P purchase I noticed the factory setup had the pickup angled like this ^. The split pickup was raised considerably towards the A-D string, and it was setup the same on another fresh out of the box P I also tried. Which got me wondering... What does pickup height have to do with actual sound, and the way the pickup interacts with the strings? Does closer to the string mean it actually WILL be louder, or does it affect the sound in a different way? I've been assuming they work like microphones, but realize with just a little thought that something very different is going on here. Can somebody, in lay-mans terms (I barely know how to use a soldering iron) exactly what's going on regarding pickup height, and how it affects our sound? Also, on certain Gibson basses pickup heights seems to have everything to do with a chorus effect the basses can produce. And many people claim there's a height that is a sort of sweet spot where the chorus completely disappears. I've yet to find it. What's going on with that? Help me better understand pickups please. Thanks.