Adjusting PU Height

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Adjusting PU Height

Postby Omsong » Wed May 10, 2017 10:28 pm

Maybe the process of adjusting PU heights is obvious once you've done it, but I've never messed with them. I'm considering getting an HH2 with direct mounted pickups (no mounting rings). How would I adjust these pickup (or, for that matter, any other) heights?

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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby freakofnature » Thu May 11, 2017 5:55 am

WITH pickup rings, there's a spring in between the ring and the pickup mount that creates tension between the 2. When you tighten the screw it pulls the pickup up, when you loosen the screws the springs push the pickup down.

WITHOUT the pickup rings, the springs are between the pickup mount and the body of the guitar (underneath the pickups) so when you tighten the screw it pulls the pickup down and when you loosen the screws the springs lift the pickup up.

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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby ElfDude » Thu May 11, 2017 6:56 am

freakofnature wrote:WITH pickup rings, there's a spring in between the ring and the pickup mount that creates tension between the 2. When you tighten the screw it pulls the pickup up, when you loosen the screws the springs push the pickup down.

WITHOUT the pickup rings, the springs are between the pickup mount and the body of the guitar (underneath the pickups) so when you tighten the screw it pulls the pickup down and when you loosen the screws the springs lift the pickup up.

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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby Omsong » Thu May 11, 2017 8:27 am

Thanks freakofnature!
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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby Casual Madman » Thu May 11, 2017 9:00 am

Also, Adjusting pickup height is one of the most important things you can do to improve your tone. Many players (especially youngsters and fans of high-gain sound) crank their pups up too close to the strings - this reduces the definition and muddles the output.

Lowering my pickups some was one of the best tricks I ever learned to get a better tone. Experiment until you get a sound you like!

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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby colossal » Thu May 11, 2017 10:20 am

Casual Madman wrote:Also, Adjusting pickup height is one of the most important things you can do to improve your tone. Many players (especially youngsters and fans of high-gain sound) crank their pups up too close to the strings - this reduces the definition and muddles the output.

Lowering my pickups some was one of the best tricks I ever learned to get a better tone. Experiment until you get a sound you like!

This! ^^. Very well stated Madman.

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Re: Adjusting PU Height

Postby UnexplodedCow » Fri May 12, 2017 6:10 am

It's especially true of single coils, since the poles are usually the magnets. This is not as true with modern singles that have magnets on the bottom, and use (typically) ferrormagnetic poles that are not magnets themselves.

Blade pickups also tend to have a more even, and often narrower, magnetic field, so they can be put a little closer. Too close with any pickup, and it can not only cause a lack of sustain, but also can deflect the string enough to pull it out of tune. This is sometimes called "Stratitis," (which, as tangential conversation, seems a bit of a misnomer as the suffix "itis," is used for inflamed, or swollen things) when people have the pickups on a strat too close to the strings.
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