tightening/loosening pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by benW, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. benW


    Apr 24, 2003
    this is probably a very simple question but i just wanted to know what happens when the screws on the sides of pickups are tightened or loosened and how it effects the sound. thanks a lot
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    they will either take the pickups closer or farther away from the strings. The closer, the fatter punchier and bigger and louder the sound. the farther away, usually it become smoother, and a bit quieter. Experiment to find what you like.
  3. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Beware of getting them too close to the strings as sometimes this will cause a chorusing type affect to the sound which is not very pleasing. Hold down the string to the fretboard in the highest position you play at and then measure the distance between the bottom of the string and pickup (pole pieces). 1/4" to 3/8" is recommended by many pickup manufactureres. This is a good starting point.