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  • how do I correctly adjust pick-up height?

    Hi,



    Since I lowered the action on my RG2228A, the 8th string is now very close to the pole piece of the bridge pick-up, so sometimes when I mute the string with the palm of my right hand the string actually hits the pole piece which results on this ugly "boinck" kinda sound.

    I need to lower the pick-up but I was wondering how do I know what's the right pick-up height? Is there something like a sweet spot or is it just a matter of personal preference?



    Are there any rules of thumb as how how/low the pick-up should sit under the strings?
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    get a screwdriver, turn it till you like it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by NeloAngelo
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      get a screwdriver, turn it till you like it.




      That's really all there is to it? I just lower it to taste?
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      • #4
        yup do it by ear , balance the output as best you can with the lows and highs and the other pickups . It helps to have a clean sound to do that without a lot of overtones that can fool you .
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          Quote Originally Posted by NeloAngelo
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          get a screwdriver, turn it till you like it.










          Quote Originally Posted by fretless
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          yup do it by ear , balance the output as best you can with the lows and highs and the other pickups . It helps to have a clean sound to do that without a lot of overtones that can fool you .




          OK, thanks guys!
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          • #6
            Lookup factory specs online and get one of those little metal pocket rules that are broken down by millimeter or fractions of an inch, press down on the highest fret and measure the gap between the top of the pickup or pole magnet to the underside of the string. Just screw the pickup up or down th set them to factory specs
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            • #7
              With your ears. Spend an hour playing with them; get a feel for what the differences are; find the sweet spot.

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              • #8
                Might as well fiddle with the pole pieces while you're at it.
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                • #9
                  I adjust the height of the individual pole pieces according to both clean and od/distorted tones. And I make sure they look like this: / / / /
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                  • #10
                    if each pole piece is adjustable then I'd follow the radius of the bridge with them all accept for the G-string, that one will need to be further away for some reason. When it too follows the radius it tends to overpower the other strings
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                    • #11
                      Thanks, everybody!
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                      • #12
                        I use the Bill And Becky method;



                        The distance between pickup and string is a very important factor for output and sound.

                        As a general rule for the bridge pickup - put a nickel on top of the pickup under the high E string and play the highest note on that string. Adjust the height on that side of the pickup till the string touches the nickel. Repeat the same with the low E string, but use two nickels on top of each other. If this gives you too much output, you can reduce the height slightly. Don't forget that twice the distance will reduce the output by about 60%, and the sound will lose some lows. NOW, you can adjust the neck pickup to match the output of the bridge pickup. For the sound test, use stage volume.



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                        • #13
                          Most of my guitars have a bit of tilt on the pickups. I like the treble side a tad bit higher than the bass side.
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                            Quote Originally Posted by Santuzzo
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                            That's really all there is to it? I just lower it to taste?




                            Um,...yup.
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                              Quote Originally Posted by NoRomoFan
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                              Lookup factory specs online and get one of those little metal pocket rules that are broken down by millimeter or fractions of an inch, press down on the highest fret and measure the gap between the top of the pickup or pole magnet to the underside of the string. Just screw the pickup up or down th set them to factory specs




                              This is what I do to get started, then I adjust by ear
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