Adjustment

How often do pickups need adjustment?
Pickups that are properly adjusted for string gauge and balance will not need much adjustment for periods of time. Usually when a player is ...More Pickups that are properly adjusted for string gauge and balance will not need much adjustment for periods of time. Usually when a player is ... More

My pickups are adjusted low and are very loose in the pickguard. What can I do?
You would need to remove the pickguard from the instrument and I would suggest using a longer piece of 1/4" Diameter x 1/8th" Inside diamete ...More You would need to remove the pickguard from the instrument and I would suggest using a longer piece of 1/4" Diameter x 1/8th" Inside diamete... More

On my Tele I have one volume for both pickups, how can I get a better balance?
On most Telecasters you can remove the pickguard and adjust the neck pickup up or down. Remember, on older and reissue instruments that the ...More On most Telecasters you can remove the pickguard and adjust the neck pickup up or down. Remember, on older and reissue instruments that the ... More

The neck pickup on my Gibson always overpowers my bridge pickup, what can I do?
You can try raising the bridge pickup and lowering the neck pickup if at all possible. I've often seen neck pickups with a higher DC resista ...More You can try raising the bridge pickup and lowering the neck pickup if at all possible. I've often seen neck pickups with a higher DC resista... More

What happens if a pickup is loose in a pickguard or mounting ring?
As you move or strum, the vibration can make the pickup rattle and give off unwanted noises for most players. If the pickup is becoming loos ...More As you move or strum, the vibration can make the pickup rattle and give off unwanted noises for most players. If the pickup is becoming loos... More

How high should a pickup be adjusted to the strings?
Before adjusting your pickups, press the high and low strings at the last fret and use the recommended measurements below. Bridge Pickup: ...More Before adjusting your pickups, press the high and low strings at the last fret and use the recommended measurements below. Bridge Pickup: ... More

How can I keep my pickup from rocking back & forth?
For most Gibson style pickups, make sure you are using a quality height adjust spring. It's a compression spring and has a fair amount of pr ...More For most Gibson style pickups, make sure you are using a quality height adjust spring. It's a compression spring and has a fair amount of pr... More

How can I keep my pickups parallel with the strings, especially with humbuckers?
Most often it you need to support the floating pickup within a mounting ring by using a piece of foam rubber in the cavity of the instrument ...More Most often it you need to support the floating pickup within a mounting ring by using a piece of foam rubber in the cavity of the instrument... More

How do I balance the height of pickups in my guitar?
First I press the bass string at the last fret of the instrument and adjust the Bridge pickup 1/16th of an inch and the Neck pickup 3/16th o ...More First I press the bass string at the last fret of the instrument and adjust the Bridge pickup 1/16th of an inch and the Neck pickup 3/16th o... More

How does the height affect the output in a pickup?
The pickup height is important to the output of a pickup. The closer the pickup is to the strings, the magnetism in the pickup will magnetiz ...More The pickup height is important to the output of a pickup. The closer the pickup is to the strings, the magnetism in the pickup will magnetiz... More

I have a guitar with a humbucker and a single coil but the humbucker is much louder, what can I do?
You can try adjusting the height on the pickups and lowering the bridge pickup will generally help. Try adjusting the single coil pickups cl ...More You can try adjusting the height on the pickups and lowering the bridge pickup will generally help. Try adjusting the single coil pickups cl... More

I want to raise the pickup higher but it won't go. What can I do?
You need to remove the pickup from the mounting ring or pickguard. Sometimes the plastic in the pickguards can shrink, making it difficult t ...More You need to remove the pickup from the mounting ring or pickguard. Sometimes the plastic in the pickguards can shrink, making it difficult t... More

As I lowered the pickup on my Stratocaster, it fell through the pickguard, is there anything I can do?
Many of the older Fender instruments used a 6/32 x 1/2" oval head, Philip screw. Many after market screws are often 6/32 x 5/8th" which will ...More Many of the older Fender instruments used a 6/32 x 1/2" oval head, Philip screw. Many after market screws are often 6/32 x 5/8th" which will... More

My pickup rattles around in the steel mounting ring and it is noisy if I bump the guitar, what can I do?
There are a few things you can do. Make sure the height adjust springs are firm enough to hold the weight of the pickup in the mounting ring ...More There are a few things you can do. Make sure the height adjust springs are firm enough to hold the weight of the pickup in the mounting ring... More

How can I adjust the pickup so I get the maximum output from the pickup?
I find that lowering the adjustable poles in a humbucker flush with the top of the pickup and moving the pickup about 1/16th inch from the s ...More I find that lowering the adjustable poles in a humbucker flush with the top of the pickup and moving the pickup about 1/16th inch from the s... More

How can I get Fender pickups closer to the strings?
In some cases such as in Stratocasters with 3 pickups, having the pickups too close will cause unwanted harmonic overtones on the lower stri ...More In some cases such as in Stratocasters with 3 pickups, having the pickups too close will cause unwanted harmonic overtones on the lower stri... More

How can I get my humbucker closer to the strings?
Some players remove the covers from their humbuckers to get the pickup slightly closer to the strings. Some older humbucking mounting rings ...More Some players remove the covers from their humbuckers to get the pickup slightly closer to the strings. Some older humbucking mounting rings ... More

What are mounting rings used for?
Mounting rings are used for mounting the pickup and allowing height adjustment up or down for the desired pickup position. Mounting rings ca ...More Mounting rings are used for mounting the pickup and allowing height adjustment up or down for the desired pickup position. Mounting rings ca... More

What are the adjustable screws used for in humbuckers and single coil pickups?
Adjustable screws are used to adjust the balance from string to string. At times you may need to adjust the output on a particular string be ...More Adjustable screws are used to adjust the balance from string to string. At times you may need to adjust the output on a particular string be... More

What are the rubber washers used for on the pickup height adjustment on old Fender guitars?
It is basically a amber surgical tubing made from a gummed-rubber that had been commonly used for medical purposes. It has measurements of 1 ...More It is basically a amber surgical tubing made from a gummed-rubber that had been commonly used for medical purposes. It has measurements of 1... More

What happens to the sound of a pickup, keeping the pickup low and raising the poles?
This is a trick I've seen Jeff Beck do on a guitar I built for him during the 70s. It was nicknamed The Tele-Gib. He used in on songs like " ...More This is a trick I've seen Jeff Beck do on a guitar I built for him during the 70s. It was nicknamed The Tele-Gib. He used in on songs like "... More

Screws for height adjustment. What are they normally made of and what problems can they cause?
Screws used for height adjustment are usually made of a ferrous material that is plated with nickel, chrome or gold. The height adjust screw ...More Screws used for height adjustment are usually made of a ferrous material that is plated with nickel, chrome or gold. The height adjust screw... More

Springs for height adjustment. What are the problems?
If a compression spring is used for height adjustment there can be several problems associated with them. If the springs are loose especiall ...More If a compression spring is used for height adjustment there can be several problems associated with them. If the springs are loose especiall... More

How do I get rid of that dissonant overtone in my Strat pickups when playing notes on the lower strings at the higher frets?
Lowering the neck and middle pickup on the bass side of the strings helps reduce the "Strat-itis". I remember needing a pickup for the cente ...More Lowering the neck and middle pickup on the bass side of the strings helps reduce the "Strat-itis". I remember needing a pickup for the cente... More

What can be done for loose pickups in a pickguard?
There are a few things I would do, first I'd use a longer or stiffer compression spring , and second if you use a longer rubber grommet (1/4 ...More There are a few things I would do, first I'd use a longer or stiffer compression spring , and second if you use a longer rubber grommet (1/4... More

Is it better to have the pickup adjusted high and the pole pieces adjusted low or have the pickup low and the pole pieces adjusted high as on a humbucker? Barry Hirsh-Las Vegas, Nevada
I like having the pickup (both bobbins on a humbucker) adjusted closer to the strings as it allows more magnetic field from the string movem ...More I like having the pickup (both bobbins on a humbucker) adjusted closer to the strings as it allows more magnetic field from the string movem... More

What does raising and lowering a pickup from the strings do to the sound of a pickup? Ed Davis-Mt. Shasta, California
I find that raising and lowering a pickup does several things. When I move my pickup closer to the strings I get more output and more attack ...More I find that raising and lowering a pickup does several things. When I move my pickup closer to the strings I get more output and more attack... More

The height adjust thread on my humbucker bottom plate is stripped and the pickup will not stay adjusted to the height I need. What can I do? Bill Hudson, Los Angeles, California
There are a few things you can do to help keep you pickup adjusted properly: You can try asking the manufacturer for a replacement bottom ...More There are a few things you can do to help keep you pickup adjusted properly: You can try asking the manufacturer for a replacement bottom ... More

The pickguard on my 1960 Fender Jazzmaster shrunk and I can’t adjust the pickups up or down. What can I do to raise the pickups? Jack Nelson-Burbank, California
I would suggest removing all the pickup guard mounting screws, strings, bridge and place them in a container so you don't lose them. Next re ...More I would suggest removing all the pickup guard mounting screws, strings, bridge and place them in a container so you don't lose them. Next re... More

I have a set of reissue Fender pickups that are threaded for metric screws, what can I do to make them work on a pickguard I’m putting together? Tom Phelps, Dallas, Texas
There are two things you could do. I would try to find the original metric screws used for the pickup height adjustment or you could tap the ...More There are two things you could do. I would try to find the original metric screws used for the pickup height adjustment or you could tap the... More

How should the pickup string height be adjusted?
I tilt the pickup and listen to the fullness of the output as the strings are plucked. I don't use a pick, so I lower the bass side of the p ...More I tilt the pickup and listen to the fullness of the output as the strings are plucked. I don't use a pick, so I lower the bass side of the p... More

I lowered the neck pickup in my Les Paul , now it thumps and flops around when I move. What can I do?
By lowering the pickup you have reduced the compression on the height adjust springs. You can either put a piece of foam in the bottom of th ...More By lowering the pickup you have reduced the compression on the height adjust springs. You can either put a piece of foam in the bottom of th... More

What can be done for pickups that are loose in pick guards and mounting plates on standard guitars?
Humbuckers: Try putting foam rubber in the cavity below the bottom of the pickup. This will help the pickup from rocking back and forth. Try ...More Humbuckers: Try putting foam rubber in the cavity below the bottom of the pickup. This will help the pickup from rocking back and forth. Try... More

I like keeping my pickups adjusted low under the strings. I like the sound I get but the pickups are too loose. What can I do?
If you are using single coil pickups such as Strats or Telecasters, it is easy to add extra rubber surgical tubing between the pickguard and ...More If you are using single coil pickups such as Strats or Telecasters, it is easy to add extra rubber surgical tubing between the pickguard and... More