Do you think people have their pickup heights set correctly?

Discussion in 'Pickup Joint' started by mitch_cumsteen, Sep 10, 2020.

Do you think most people have their pickups set:

Poll closed Sep 10, 2020.
  1. Too low

    0 vote(s)
  2. Just right

    1 vote(s)
  3. Too high

    1 vote(s)
  1. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-holic

    Jul 19, 2016
    Tulsa, OK.
    And what everyone is saying is, no, because that's where the original owner found they sounded best to their ears. Saying "are most pickups set too XX" means there's one universally agreed upon "sweet spot" that's being ignored.
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  2. Gloveberg

    Gloveberg Squier-holic

    Aug 30, 2015
    West Texas
    Ask ten people what "right" is and you'll get at least nine different answers......
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  3. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    I admit to being one of those people ,whether you or another persons advice :)

    There was a lot I wasn't aware of 3 years ago when I bought the first electric guitar I'd had in 2+ decades.

    I had just joined Strat talk and entered a discussion on the subject and thought "there's a great idea" ;)
  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Squier-Meister

    Mar 9, 2020
    Greybull, WY
    Mine are adjusted to sound right for me.
  5. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Raising the PUPS will often increase output which typically changes the interplay between the guitar and the amplifier. But some do not realize that doing so also has an effect on sustain (less of it) and in some cases tuning issues arise.

    These later because raising the PUPS increases the magnetic pull on the strings.

    Those who prefer Esquires to Telecasters often say it is because the removal of the 2nd PUP and its magnetic field increases both sustain and a certain responsiveness.

    Oh, and the same is understood to be so for single PUP Gibbies such as the ever popular Junior or the less common Les Paul CM.


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  6. Paul McDermitt

    Paul McDermitt Squier Talker

    Jan 19, 2011
    I used to swap pickups if I didn't like the tone of a guitar.

    Now I start with simple things like string material, saddle material, and pickup height. I keep screwdrivers by my amp so I can play with pickup and pole adjustments. I can usually get subtle changes in tone with simple adjustments.

    I can't imagine the money and time I wasted on pickups.
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  7. Block Head Ike

    Block Head Ike Squier-holic

    Same here...discovered that adjusting individual pole pieces and pickup height FIRST has saved me from yanking some pickups that I didn't think were very good initially. It can make a huge difference.
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  8. jasper

    jasper New Member

    Sep 8, 2019
    East Yorkshire, UK
    Generally there is a known optimum pup height for most popular guitars which is where I always start from and then tweak to suit my ears and requirements. It will also depend upon whether the pups are originals or replacements which could affect the output.

    I was a full time pro touring guitar vocalist for 14 years and retired in 1980. For 10 of those years I had the same guitar with two specially built pups I had made for me and once I'd set up their heights, I never ever found the need to touch them again as they matched perfectly the output I desired for the music I played.

    Had I substantially changed the music genres that I played then I might have needed to tweak them again but otherwise they were set at the height which suited me and my music personally.
    The optimum height I mentioned earlier is just a ball park figure and certainly not set in stone.
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  9. Robbmonster

    Robbmonster Squier-holic

    I like to HOPE most people have theirs set 'correctly', ie whatever sounds good to their own ears.

    But there might be some people who just buy a guitar and never adjust them.
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  10. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Squier-Meister

    Aug 2, 2011
    So Cal
    I am NOT KIDDING .... 80% of the players who come into my Luthier Shop / retail store, DO NOT!
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  11. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-holic

    Jan 29, 2017
    A lot of people can’t change their own strings, pickup height adjustment is way down the line.
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  12. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

    Aug 23, 2019
    I have know idea haven't met them all, I guess the biggest percentage have them set to their liking
  13. TeleRooo

    TeleRooo Squier Talker

    May 19, 2016
    Tiger Mt., WA.
    Who Is??? Just Joe.............
  14. TeleRooo

    TeleRooo Squier Talker

    May 19, 2016
    Tiger Mt., WA.
    Who is??? Just Joe W................
  15. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Who is??? Just Joe Wa................
  16. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-holic

    Jun 16, 2016
    NY - EC
    Ears and a screwdriver. Don't need measurements or sermons :rolleyes:

    And most people don't bother to adjust stock pups yet they run out first chance they get to replace them.

    And when the new pups are in they STILL don't bother to adjust. To think some sell guitars because they didn't like the pups :D