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Um...am I weird? (Pickup height related issue)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by AndyLES, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. AndyLES


    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    Yeah, yeah, I've read the official specs on the Fender site and here...but I actually like the P pickups on my LTD Vintage-204 PJ to be kinda almost flattish and low. The J is higher, but I haven't experienced any "unevenness" in tone, or weird intonation gremlins.

    It just sounds...well, good, with more than enough low end.

    Have I gone made, or is this a particular quirk this bass has?
  2. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    I set my P pup with a touch of height in the middle.....but its pretty much flat and sounds wonderful....I actually lowerd it like that becuase the mid was a touch too nasaly.
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    The only downside to having pickups low is lower output and possibly less sustain. But that really depends on the strength of the pickup and the strings. Hotter magnets and strings with higher ferrous metal content = hotter output signal.

    The Fender specs for pickup height are only a starting point and are based on vintage spec/output pickups. Once you set things to spec, you fine tune by ear until things work for your pickup/string combination and playing style. Sometimes that means the pickups will be high and angled, other times lower and flat. As long as your ears are happy, that's all that matters.

    Cheers for taking the time to experiment and find the pickup height that works for you. It's an all too often overlooked part of a great setup.
  4. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    It's called personal preference. Your doing it right.
  5. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    You are 100% correct in your method. Specs are only suggestions, starting points for a setup.

    The only thing you can't do different is intonation, but you know that.