Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Pickup height advice???
If I could add anything to abracadabra's advice, it'd be:
Bring them up REALLY close and hit an open string, and listen to what they do to the tuning stability of the note when they're that close. It totally screws it up. Then, back the pickups down until the horror stops. If you need more gain, add it electronically instead of jacking up your pickups. When adjusting pickup height, always use your ears rather than your eyes: if your ears are telling you that the pickups are screwing with your tone and tuning (and giving you a weird vibrato effect you didn't ask for), listen to them! I don't mean to be a namedropper but I was having a conversation with Roger Mayer about big misconceptions in guitar a few weeks ago and he said this was one thing that players mess up a LOT by not thinking enough about it, and thinking that closer = better.