How much attention do you pay to exposed pickup pole pieces? The reason I ask is I have 3 basses with exposed pole pieces. On my 1992 MIM Fender Jazz and my 2013 MIA Fender P 5-string the pole pieces are flush with the pickup covers. On my 2012 MIA Fender P 4-string the pole pieces extend a couple of 32nds above the pickup covers. Fortunately, the exposed poles are consistent across the pickups and don’t really present an issue. I do feel the pole pieces when playing over the pickup. And I do know a couple of remedies if that gets to be a problem, i.e., electrical tape over the pole pieces or shim up the pickup covers. For several years now I have been paying a lot of attention to the pole pieces and what I have been seeing gives me some concern. There are a lot of instruments out there, especially Fenders (I guess I notice more Fenders because I look at more Fenders), where the pole pieces look like an amusements parks roller coaster ride. Some of the basses are bad, but the Strats seem to be even worse. I’ve seen E string pole pieces really high and then the A and D much lower, or even flush with the pickup cover (on the same pickup). I cannot imagine this not having an effect on the play-ability of the instrument. So my questions are: 1) Does this affect the play-ability? (Kind of a duh question for me) 2) Do you take note of the pole pieces when looking at instruments? 3) Is this occurring more so with Fender instruments? 4) Is this a design flaw or a result of mass manufacturing? 5) Is this user abuse? (But I have seen incidents of this on new instruments in the store) 6) Can it be corrected? (Other than replacement) I’m just curious as to what y’all are seeing out there and getting your take on the impact it has on the guitar.