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    Hi, I recently aquired a Hamer Korina Special. It comes equipied with a SD Dog-Eared p90. The issue I am having is that the high E string is noticeably quieter in volume compared to the other strings when the guitar is amplified. I know it is not a sting gauge issue, because when I play the guitar unplugged all the strings sound balanced & I can hear the string clearly. Does this sound like a pickup issue or is something else going on? I admittedly don't know much about pickups, so this might be a simple fix. I tried adjusting the screw below the string (I guess this adjusts pickup height?) and it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Are these pickups just voiced that way, or is it something I can adjust? Thanks for any insight.

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    Default Re: High E String not loud enough - help?!

    Can't you adjust the high E pickup screw up closer to the string?
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    Quote Originally Posted by STRATDELUXER97
    Can't you adjust the high E pickup screw up closer to the string?
    Yeah, it looks like its gonna need to be screwed in a lot tighter, say a few rotations, in order to raise the pickups height enough to create a balenced sound.
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    Default Re: High E String not loud enough - help?!

    Yeah, that's what I was doing & it didn't seem to make much of a difference. If that is indeed the correct thing to do then I will try moving it even closer (it was pretty low to begin with). I truly know little about pickups, so I wasn't sure if adjusting the screw would ajust the volume, or just change the tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev
    Yeah, it looks like its gonna need to be screwed in a lot tighter, say a few rotations, in order to raise the pickups height enough to create a balenced sound.
    ??? If a string is too quiet, the last thing you want to do is increase the distance between that pole and the string, ESPECIALLY if you´re raising the whole PUP making all the others louder
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    Sometimes it's caused by a microscopic burr in the nut or saddle. Without plugging in, try and get the plain strings to all sound equal in volume by running a folded piece of gray 220 grit sandpaper through the nutslot, and also over the saddle's breakpoint a few times. Just clean up all the places where the string makes contact with the nut and saddle, and the problem may go away.

    Also, make sure the E's nutslot isn't cut so low, it's volume is being dampened by vibrating against the 1st fret. Re-check your action height and intonation also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerberus
    ??? If a string is too quiet, the last thing you want to do is increase the distance between that pole and the string, ESPECIALLY if you´re raising the whole PUP making all the others louder
    dude, that says raise the pup hite, not decrease it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev
    dude, that says raise the pup hite, not decrease it!!!
    Yes, I know, that´s exactly what I quoted and contradicted.

    Raising a pickup´s height ("...,in order to raise the pickups height enough to create a balenced sound.") will increase the volume of ALL the strings, not solving the problem, because the e-string will still be quieter in comparison.
    Raising Pickup closer to strings = Louder / lowering pickup away from strings = quieter...agreed?

    If you go ahead and lower the E´s pole as well ("Yeah, it looks like its gonna need to be screwed in a lot tighter, say a few rotations,...") , then the string will be even quieter in comparison.....even though it´s already too quiet. Raising pole closer to string = Louder / lowering pole away from string = quieter... agreed?

    SOOO... If you lower the polepiece AND raise the pickup, you might be lucky to hear the string at all.

    I get a feeling we´re misunderstanding each other
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    Default Re: High E String not loud enough - help?!

    I think you'r a bit out here Zerberus. When you tighten the screw the pickup moves up yes? So if you tighten the screw on the high E side it gets closer to the string and therefore louder right?

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    Default Re: High E String not loud enough - help?!

    Zerb is right. He's talking about adjusting the pole piece that corresponds to the high E string, not adjusting the overall pickup height. There's no reason to change the overall pickup height when all you want to do is adjust the volume of one string. I would try what gearjoneser suggested and if that doesn't take care of the problem, turn the pole piece under the high E string to the left, which will raise the pole piece closer to the high e string and give it more volume without changing the volume of the rest of the strings.
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    Ahh yes i see, if your on about the pole pieces seperately then yeh! lol
    Ive never adjusted the pole pieces...
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    No problem, try it sometime. Especially if you feel that one string is too loud or too quiet
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    Default Re: High E String not loud enough - help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser
    Sometimes it's caused by a microscopic burr in the nut or saddle. Without plugging in, try and get the plain strings to all sound equal in volume by running a folded piece of gray 220 grit sandpaper through the nutslot, and also over the saddle's breakpoint a few times. Just clean up all the places where the string makes contact with the nut and saddle, and the problem may go away.

    Also, make sure the E's nutslot isn't cut so low, it's volume is being dampened by vibrating against the 1st fret. Re-check your action height and intonation also.
    +1 On schecter my high e string was different in volume then the other ones. I found out that it was touching very lightly on the first fret because me nut slot was too low.
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