Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
Re: Jem 7VWH...What is right, and what is wrong??
Generally, you want the base of the trem to be parallel with the body- so you have plenty of room to pull up and down on the tremelo bar. I doubt that having it improperly set up will damage the bridge though.
Pickup height is a totally subject thing. The farther away from the strings they are, the weaker you will perceive your signal to be. Beware that raising the pickups too close to the strings will hinder your ability to sustain a note since the magnets in the pickups will tend to pull the string to them. Just play with them until you're happy.
For what it's worth, Vai's humbuckers are 4 or 5/16 of an inch from the strings, while the single coil is lowered flush with the pickguard.