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Discussion in 'Pickup Joint' started by BlueSquirrel, Jun 1, 2020.
I thought this video tutorial by Paul Graham looked interesting :
On a different Form Some one was asking what the adjustable pole piece's do and what you have in the video is exactly what I said, except I have never tried takeing the poles all the way out. This is a very good video of how to change up your sound of the pickups. Oh why Fender hasn't started using adjustable poles is a Draw back to their Design.
It lost all its soul when the pole pieces came out.
Yes it did sound sterile with out the poles.
I put an 0.047 capacitor in line with the output wire, and it helped get some high end back into the neck pick-up. I got the instructions from the Seymour Duncan website. It helped, but didn't quite brighten it up enough for my taste. I recently got a JHS haunting mids pedal, and that really brought the sound of that neck pick-up to life! The pickups are Dimarzio btw, so not cheap ones either. I'm really more of a single coil guy, I guess.
I’ve always just moved up to 500k pots if it wasn’t bright enough. I’ve never had a guitar that sounded dark with 500k pots, personally.
I wish I could make my neck p90 less muddy. I’ve tried messing with height and screws, helped a little bit still...dang muddy.
On which guitar is this ? I have never heard of a muddy P90 before Can I see a photo of where it's at as height goes ?
Get a Boss Blues Driver, it’ll brighten anything and everything
My first reaction was to think "the best solution for muddy pickups, you ask? Trash!" - but in reality that may not always be an option, either you or the person owning the guitar may not want to spend the money, perhaps out of convenience you'd want to optimise what you have before starting to upgrade stuff or, simply, due to an eco-friendly mindset, you don't want to unnecessarily produce extra trash, it would make sense to just keep the original parts.
Assuming by the aforementioned reasons, you wouldn't want to *replace* parts of the guitar, from my experience, two things make wonders when it comes to improving the sound of your pickups: one, more widely known, is to obviously adjust their height in accordance to their output. More muddy pickups will sound better when lowered, but sometimes overshooting and going too low also makes them sound bad by leading to faint and liveless output.
Another advice I don't really see mentioned around, is the way your guitar is wired. From my experience, the traditional/usual way Strats are wired sounds the best. For two times already, both with my MIJ Jackson and a friend's Aria Pro I've rewired while keeping all its stock parts, they were wired by having the volume signal then connected to the master tone, which was then connected straight to the output jack. I can't explain why so, but I swear by changing wires around and having the tones connected from the switch, and the output connected from the volume pot, it always seems to make the tone brighter and clearer, and the tone pot also more responsive. Well, go figure!
You can't have adjustable poles on a pickup where the poles are the magnets.
I’ve heard switching from an A5 to an A3 can help reduce muddiness
That's what I thought, it is still quite high for a neck P90.
It chimes clear as a bell on my LP Special.
They prefer to be a bit further away then eh?