setting of pickups

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Paolo, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. What's the best setting for pickups ? How i can set the hightest of pickups for the best performance ?

  2. Mine are about 5mm from the strings.. but i'd say the best is as high as possible, without strings hitting the pickups or distorted sound...
  3. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Banned

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    For a starting point, hold the strings down on the last fret and adjust the pickups so the tops of the polepieces are about 1/8 inch from the bottom of the E and G strings (for a 4 string).

    Adjust from there to taste for tone. If the pickups get too close to the strings, "chorusing" can result due to magnetic interference with the motion of the string and therefore the string harmonics. This problem becomes is very noticeable if you fret the E string above the 12th fret and pluck the string. It sounds like a vibrato, chorus, or just plain "warbly".