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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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f spacing for a jem

can anyone give me an idea on how my sound will be affected by using a regular spaced pickup versus an f spaced pickup (which i know should be used)?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 07:58 PM
 
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I believe the opinion is- no difference.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the feedback. i just had my doubts because i've heard that it causes a small drop in output b/c of the misalignment of pole pieces and strings. i just wanted to make sure that it wasn't something i have to worry about.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 11:23 AM
 
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It's hype, that's it.

Doing some "informal" testing with a volt meter, and a penny dropped from 6 inches exactly (to ensure the string was struck with the same force every time), using the same guitar, I tried both an F-spaced Evo and a non-F-spaced Evo and found the output on the "misaligned" strings to be identical. (Well, the averages were identical . . . the voltage is very small and drops off pretty quickly, so 10 drops averaged on each gave me . . . um . . . damn this memory of mine . . . the same numbers, yeah, that's it. ;-) )

Keep in mind, not a controlled experiment, but it was more than enough to convince me that what my ears are hearing is correct, electrically there really is no differance.

Plus all my local stores charge a little more for the F-spaced, so I don't bother, I'm Po' enough as it is. :-(

Mic

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Oh, the F-spaced pups do LOOK cleaner, with the poles all nice and lined up with the strings . . . so that's really about it. ;-)
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 11:00 PM
 
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what is F-Space??
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 11:56 PM
 
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It is the part of the galaxy that is between E space and G space.


Seriously it's been said to stand for Floyd Rose spacing or Fender spacing, because these bridges have wider string spacing than Gibson types. So the pickup pole pieces are a little wider so they line up under the strings, and if you read the actual magnetic field, you'd realize its really no difference at all.
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