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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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lowering pickups

Hey there,

Can anyone tell me how to lower the bridge pickup on my jem7vwh? it's pretty close to the strings, and on full pullups, I think the low E actually touches it. I'd like to lower it into the body more so that this doesn't happen. Also, can someone tell me if lowering it would have an adverse effect on sound?

Thanks!
-J
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 04:19 AM
 
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just loosen those two flat-head screws on each side of the pickup.
try getting the treble side lower than the bass side on the bridge pickup, and set the neck pickup on the opposite fashion (bass side lower than treble side): that would balance the EQ a bit.
and no, lowering the pickup will just give your sound some breath, especially on cleans. no adverse effects on sound at all.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 04:22 AM
 
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Turn the pickup mounting screw anti-clockwise to lower the pickup into the body more,it should improve sustain a little more with out too much of an adverse effect on the tone

Thats extremly high tho

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 09:15 AM
 
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It might actually improve your sound. If the pickups are as close as you described they might be effecting the way your strings vidbrate - so you might end up with more sustain if you lower them
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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do I have to remove the pickguard to do this?

btw, the screws that are on the sides of my pickups (that I can see with the pickup on) are phillips, not flathead...are these the screws that I'm supposed to loosen?

-J
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 11:39 AM
 
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Yeah, those are the screws. You dont have to take the pickguard off to do it, no.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 12:09 PM
 
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sorry Jeff, i meant Phillips screws.
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sorry Jeff, i meant Phillips screws.
Tut tut (shaking head) ... (hands nuno dunce hat and tell hims to sit in corner)

Think in future my son ;-)

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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so for maximum sustain...how low should the pickups be? surely there's a point where they get too far from the strings, isn't there?

thanks for your advice so far!
-Jeff
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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so for maximum sustain...how low should the pickups be? surely there's a point where they get too far from the strings, isn't there?

thanks for your advice so far!
-Jeff
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 04:29 PM
 
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Bet way to tell, IMO:

Hold down the low and high E strings at the 24th fret, and adjust the pickups based on that.. Usually I give about a nickel's(on it's side, of course) clearance between the top of the pickup and the bottom of the string.

You should also slant the middle single coil so that it's slightly farther from the strings on the bass side. This helps with intonation on the wound strings, as single coils have a pretty stong, focused, magnetic field that pulls on them.
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