Pickup

Humbucker pickup distance from strings

Humbucker pickup distance from strings

For standard, full-size humbuckers, a reasonable starting point for the bridge pickup is at least 1/16" (1.5mm) from the high E and 5/64" (2 mm) from the low E. There are no recommended distances for the other 4 strings.

  1. How far should a humbucker be from the strings?
  2. How close should the pickups be to the strings?
  3. How do I know if my pickups are too high?
  4. Should pickups be parallel to strings?

How far should a humbucker be from the strings?

Gibson's engineers recommend a 1.6-millimeter distance between the strings and the pickups for the bridge pickup, and 2.4 millimeters for the neck pickup.

How close should the pickups be to the strings?

Start by setting all of your guitar pickups to 3/32” (0.093”, 2.38mm) on the bass side and 2/32” (1/16”, 0.0625”, 1.98mm) on the treble side. Remember, this is the space between the top of the pole piece and the bottom of the string, held down at the last fret.

How do I know if my pickups are too high?

Setting your pickup height too high will cause your magnets to push and pull your strings out of tune. Here's a quick way to tell if this is happening to you: play the Low E string at a high fret (15th fret is a good one to start at). You might hear a “warbling” sound. That sound is your magnet fighting your string.

Should pickups be parallel to strings?

Angle of the Pickup to the Strings

The top of the pickup body should always be parallel (or close to it) to what the pickup is attached to whether it's a pickguard (like a Strat) or a pickup ring (like a Les Paul, ES-355). ... The pickup angle matches the pickup ring.

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