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    Default how might i get a sharper attack from a JB pickup?

    a sharper attack on the E, A, and D strings
    it sounds kind of mushy on a clean to lower gain amp settings
    this is in an LTD EC-400vf

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    Default Re: how might i get a sharper attack from a JB pickup?

    Use a different pick

    I say that semi in jest you would be amazed at the tonal differnces you can get in picks. But beyond that I would try to find the exact optimal height, Keep in mind that it doesnt have to be level you can sink one side relative to the other then try and use the screw coil to dial in what you need. Combining moving those adjustments allows for a ton of variation.

    If that doesnt get it you could try swapping the screws and stuff but its kinda stabbing in the dark hoping something hits right.
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    Yeah picks do make a difference. Try some ultex

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    Cut the screw poles flush with the baseplate, but only under the E, A, and D strings. one of my secret tricks is to cut them on a diagonal (flush on the low E, uncut on the high E) This works really well on double screw pickups. It tightens the field on the low end, and loosens (sweetens) it on the top end.

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    Hex screws on the D, A, and E (or keep the filisters but cut short on the D, A, and low E strings like Frank suggested); lower the pup on the bass side and raise the pole screws accordingly; use a different pick...Dunlop makes a carbon fiber pick that gives a nice snappy but rich tone.
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    +1 for hex poles. I changed mine under the E, A, D and it tightened the response immensely. Much nicer for rhythm work now.

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    Default Re: how might i get a sharper attack from a JB pickup?

    Quote Originally Posted by frankfalbo View Post
    Cut the screw poles flush with the baseplate, but only under the E, A, and D strings. one of my secret tricks is to cut them on a diagonal (flush on the low E, uncut on the high E) This works really well on double screw pickups. It tightens the field on the low end, and loosens (sweetens) it on the top end.
    That's pretty interesting to know. I've never even heard of that as far as I can recall.

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    from where does one get proper hex poles? i read that addiction-fx doesn't have the right kind

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    Consider upgrading the bridge or, at least, the saddles in the bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoogles View Post
    from where does one get proper hex poles? i read that addiction-fx doesn't have the right kind
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    If any of these things don't end up working for you, I think a Custom 5 is a great pickup in that guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkfingers View Post
    Consider upgrading the bridge or, at least, the saddles in the bridge.
    to what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankfalbo View Post
    Cut the screw poles flush with the baseplate, but only under the E, A, and D strings. one of my secret tricks is to cut them on a diagonal (flush on the low E, uncut on the high E) This works really well on double screw pickups. It tightens the field on the low end, and loosens (sweetens) it on the top end.
    Amazing advice!

    I would also note that the JB likes the low end strings to be struck really hard.

    I angle my pick so it cuts across the string diagonally.

    Doing so gets more pick to string contact and gives the notes a nice almost cello attack.

    Hitting the string straight on doesn't give the pick much time to work on the string, resulting in a rather lackluster attack.

    EVH angles his pick attack... so does Lynch, DiMartini, Jake E. Lee etc.
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    I'm with the 'try different picks' crowd. I personally like the Jazz III (the smaller version) for that snap. Can't seem to get it with others.
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