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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Pickup height

Hi, I was wondering (I have Dimarzo air classics and a blue velvet single coil [low output) how far should the pickups be from the string (mm's preferably) thanks
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 05:56 AM
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Re: Pickup height

Originally Posted by Dimarzio's own website
How high should I adjust my pickups for the best sound?

There is no specific distance that works best for everyone. We measure string height from the top of the polepiece to the bottom of the string when the string (usually the high or low E) is held down at the highest fret. For standard, full-size humbuckers, a reasonable starting point for the bridge pickup is at least 1/16" (1.5mm) from the high E and 5/64" (2 mm) from the low E. There are no recommended distances for the other 4 strings. Their polepieces should be adjusted (if necessary) by ear in relation to the volume established for the first and sixth strings. Once the bridge pickup is adjusted to a useful distance, the neck pickup can be adjusted by ear for a good balance.

For single-coil pickups and all hum canceling single-coil replacements with Alnico 5 rod magnets, we’ve found the following formula works very well: at the highest fret (usually the 21st or 22nd), the closest recommended distances from the top of the magnet to the bottom of the string are:
Neck and middle pickups
low E 1/8” (3.2mm)
high E 3/32” (2.4mm)
Bridge pickup
low E 3/32” (2.4mm)
high E 1/16” (1.6mm)
In short - play with different heights til you find what works for you.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Re: Pickup height

Thanks loads mate, I've sorted it, my guitar now plays and sounds better than it did before Thanks!
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