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How do you adjust pickup pole height?!

Hey guys,

I've had a 2000 RG3120TW for about 8 months, which I bought second. I love it, but I find that it sounds thin on the higher strings. Also, I could never get artificial harmonics (for squeals and divebombs) to work quite right (hovering finger above 3rd fret on G string for example and plucking).. They just don't scream and sustain - they quickly fade. I got it professionally set up and it helped, but not to the extent I was hoping for - he said the neck was out of alignment and that the pickups were too close to the strings (I didn't think so). That helped my high E from sliding off the fretboard at least

Anyway, I got a 2001 RG3120DR last week, second hand again, from the same dude! This 3120 sounds thicker / darker and doesn't have that thin texture on the high strings that I get from my 3120TW. Although harmonics aren't that great on this one either!

They both have stock pickups, Tone Zone bridge and PAF Pro neck, and usually the Tone Zone sounds dark, thick and is full of harmonics! Between the two 3120s, the pole heights are different, whether they came like that or previous owner(s) did that. The 3120DR's pickups are lower but the pole pieces stick out much more.

What is going on with my 3120TW? Should I try adjusting pole height on the Tone Zone? If so, should I start by lowering them all and evening them out? I haven't adjusted pole height on pickups before so I don't know how I'd go about this. Is it possible the action is too low that it's choking the sustain of my artificial harmonics? Frets on 3120TW are level. The action on both guitars is reallllly low (not really buzzing though), but that doesn't explain the thin high end on the 3120TW.

I love both 3120s but would love them even more if I could solve these issues, especially for the 3120TW!

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