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    Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Ok... we've been over this in a few threads here recently so I decided to see if I could record some examples of Roy's method of adjusting pickups. I use this method now to adjust my guitars and it works so fine. I hope this will of some benefit to some of you... YMMV. You might have your own preferred method of setting up pickups and that's great, this is just another way to do it that I've found works very well.

    Disclaimer: This method of adjusting pickups is per Roy of RS Guitarworks. In a previous thread here's Roy's quote on what this is all about:

    "My best suggestion is to dial them in with the following steps on an amp set with medium gain (or a good clean Tube amp).

    start with the pickups very slightly below each ring and starting with the bridge pickup hit the high E open and raise the pickup slowly listening to the note decay. As you come up you will hear a point where the end of the note starts to bloom (or the end of the note starts to get louder as ) keep raising the pickup till you hear that bloom stop then back it back down till it starts again. At that point go to the low E and do the same thing. When the bridge is done move on to the neck listening to the same bloom then you are done. I have never believed there was a magic measurement for pickups, but I'm a firm believer that every pickup has a magic sweet spot."


    I used two different guitars for this, a Historic LP and a 1962 ES-335 with PAF's. The "medium" gain amp is a '58 5E3 Deluxe. The amp's turned down low, volume's just before 3, the tone's on 10. At this volume, with this amp, the overtones are pretty apparent and there's little additional overtones being added by the amp from using more volume.
    Any good small tube amp will work for this, it needs to be set kinda bright to hear the "bloom/overtone" thing Roy's talking about.

    Listen for the end of the note decay. When the strings are too far away, you won't here any change to the sound... it'll just die off in a linear fashion.
    As the pickup gets closer to being in the right spot, as per "factory settings" you'll begin to here the tone "bloom" and a harmonic will appear as the note decays.
    When the pickup is in the "sweet spot", you'll hear the note changing from the pure tone to the overtone, it's rather subtle but you should be able to hear it clearly... hopefully!

    Disclaimer #2! This "bloom" thing happens toward the end of the note's decay... it's subtle and you probably won't hear it with regular computer speakers. Try using headphones or maybe you'll have a set of monitors, for recording, hooked up to your computer.
    If you don't hear anything, download the clips and burn 'em to a CD for home audio listening... that'll definitely work.

    Ok, there's two clips for each guitar, one clip per pickup. I'll put the times in for:

    "Pickup too low"... this is the sound of the pickup even with the rings on both sides of the pickup. For the 335, the "low" setting is 3/32+" away from the strings.

    "Factory"... this setting is the 1/16" away from the depressed E strings. You'll hear some "bloom" and the overtone here. It's not a bad way to go for starters and will usually always get you in the ballpark

    "Sweet Spot"... this is the sound from finding the most "bloom" and harmonics that I found in each guitar.

    After the three separate tone samples for each setting, I play a little with the pickup in the "sweet spot"...just noodling around the fretboard to show how the guitar sounds with the pickups setup right.
    A Deluxe sounds pretty bright/thin and not so good at this setting, so get ready for that. You'll also hear the filaments in the tubes rattling, they do that.

    Here's the samples:

    LP Bridge:
    Low: 0 - 1:02
    Factory: 1:07 - 2:10
    Sweet: 2:12 - Playing starts at 3:08
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/LP bridge sweet spot.mp3


    LP Neck:
    Low: 0 - :41
    Factory: 0:42 - 1:29
    Sweet: 1:30 - Playing starts at 2:12
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/LP neck sweet spot.mp3


    335 Bridge:
    Low: 0 - 0:42
    Factory: 0:43 -1:30
    Sweet: 1:31 - Playing at 2:22
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/335 Bridge sweet.mp3


    335 Neck:
    Low: 0 - 0:47
    Factory: 0:48 - 1:28
    Sweet: 1:29 - Playing at 2:14
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/335 neck sweet spot.mp3


    On the neck pickup clips of each guitar I play there for awhile and then start moving the selector switch around to give you all three tones... remember I'm just noodling around, so I apologize for the playing!

    Here's what the amp sounds like turned up to some sort of "standard" recording level... volume's around 7, tone's all the way up. Two mics on the speaker instead of one (Royer 121 on the left and a AEA R92 on the right) and a room mic as well... sorry the guitar's a bit out of tune here .
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/Jr Deluxe jam 2.mp3

    Here's the tools used for this little demo:
    http://images.lilypix.com/albums/use..._Deluxe_LP.jpg

    Sorry for the long post, hope it's worth reading and I hope this helps some of you when setting up your guitar.
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Wow! I will give these clips a listen. Thanks a lot for doing this, I'm sure it will help a lot of people. I'm going to try it after I've listened.
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Awesome! I could hear it. Just curious - what was the measurement on the sweet spots for both guitars? I'll definetely have to give this method a try sometime - maybe tonight! BTW - fantastic playing and tone as well!

    Thanks again for making these clips!
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Thanks much! - the differences are not huge, but convincing enough.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    I've always been after that "sweet spot" you're reffering to. If the guitar sustains with a "phaser" kind of sound, like an old piano, I've always thought it's a good guitar. When I listened with a lot of volume I could hear it well in your clips
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Thanks Roadrunner! I tried this without success a few weeks ago but thanks to your clips I realize that I need to let the string ring longer. My impatience and ADD got in the way. Can't wait to do it correctly this time! The clips make all the difference.

    Just out of curiosity, did you find any patterns in terms of the sweet spot being further from the strings or closer than the factory recommendation?

    Thanks again to you (and Roy). This info should wind up being right up there in the LPF Hall of Fame (Flame?) with the Mapleflame mod- big improvements for no dough!

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by roadrunner View Post
    Ok... we've been over this in a few threads here recently so I decided to see if I could record some examples of Roy's method of adjusting pickups. I use this method now to adjust my guitars and it works so fine. I hope this will of some benefit to some of you... YMMV. You might have your own preferred method of setting up pickups and that's great, this is just another way to do it that I've found works very well.

    Disclaimer: This method of adjusting pickups is per Roy of RS Guitarworks. In a previous thread here's Roy's quote on what this is all about:

    "My best suggestion is to dial them in with the following steps on an amp set with medium gain (or a good clean Tube amp).

    start with the pickups very slightly below each ring and starting with the bridge pickup hit the high E open and raise the pickup slowly listening to the note decay. As you come up you will hear a point where the end of the note starts to bloom (or the end of the note starts to get louder as ) keep raising the pickup till you hear that bloom stop then back it back down till it starts again. At that point go to the low E and do the same thing. When the bridge is done move on to the neck listening to the same bloom then you are done. I have never believed there was a magic measurement for pickups, but I'm a firm believer that every pickup has a magic sweet spot."


    I used two different guitars for this, a Historic LP and a 1962 ES-335 with PAF's. The "medium" gain amp is a '58 5E3 Deluxe. The amp's turned down low, volume's just before 3, the tone's on 10. At this volume, with this amp, the overtones are pretty apparent and there's little additional overtones being added by the amp from using more volume.
    Any good small tube amp will work for this, it needs to be set kinda bright to hear the "bloom/overtone" thing Roy's talking about.

    Listen for the end of the note decay. When the strings are too far away, you won't here any change to the sound... it'll just die off in a linear fashion.
    As the pickup gets closer to being in the right spot, as per "factory settings" you'll begin to here the tone "bloom" and a harmonic will appear as the note decays.
    When the pickup is in the "sweet spot", you'll hear the note changing from the pure tone to the overtone, it's rather subtle but you should be able to hear it clearly... hopefully!

    Disclaimer #2! This "bloom" thing happens toward the end of the note's decay... it's subtle and you probably won't hear it with regular computer speakers. Try using headphones or maybe you'll have a set of monitors, for recording, hooked up to your computer.
    If you don't hear anything, download the clips and burn 'em to a CD for home audio listening... that'll definitely work.

    Ok, there's two clips for each guitar, one clip per pickup. I'll put the times in for:

    "Pickup too low"... this is the sound of the pickup even with the rings on both sides of the pickup. For the 335, the "low" setting is 3/32+" away from the strings.

    "Factory"... this setting is the 1/16" away from the depressed E strings. You'll hear some "bloom" and the overtone here. It's not a bad way to go for starters and will usually always get you in the ballpark

    "Sweet Spot"... this is the sound from finding the most "bloom" and harmonics that I found in each guitar.

    After the three separate tone samples for each setting, I play a little with the pickup in the "sweet spot"...just noodling around the fretboard to show how the guitar sounds with the pickups setup right.
    A Deluxe sounds pretty bright/thin and not so good at this setting, so get ready for that. You'll also hear the filaments in the tubes rattling, they do that.

    Here's the samples:

    LP Bridge:
    Low: 0 - 1:02
    Factory: 1:07 - 2:10
    Sweet: 2:12 - Playing starts at 3:08
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/LP bridge sweet spot.mp3


    LP Neck:
    Low: 0 - :41
    Factory: 0:42 - 1:29
    Sweet: 1:30 - Playing starts at 2:12
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/LP neck sweet spot.mp3


    335 Bridge:
    Low: 0 - 0:42
    Factory: 0:43 -1:30
    Sweet: 1:31 - Playing at 2:22
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/335 Bridge sweet.mp3


    335 Neck:
    Low: 0 - 0:47
    Factory: 0:48 - 1:28
    Sweet: 1:29 - Playing at 2:14
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/335 neck sweet spot.mp3


    On the neck pickup clips of each guitar I play there for awhile and then start moving the selector switch around to give you all three tones... remember I'm just noodling around, so I apologize for the playing!

    Here's what the amp sounds like turned up to some sort of "standard" recording level... volume's around 7, tone's all the way up. Two mics on the speaker instead of one (Royer 121 on the left and a AEA R92 on the right) and a room mic as well... sorry the guitar's a bit out of tune here .
    http://h1.ripway.com/GJB58/Jr Deluxe jam 2.mp3

    Here's the tools used for this little demo:
    http://images.lilypix.com/albums/use..._Deluxe_LP.jpg

    Sorry for the long post, hope it's worth reading and I hope this helps some of you when setting up your guitar.

    Awesome GB. For taking the time and doing it right!!! Killer little amp btw!!! Clone me one of them bad boys!!!

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Thanks so much. Nice job - clear concise explanations and instructions. Going to try this tonight.

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    Deep thanks for taking the time and sharing this AWESOME info! You're a good engine!

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    Damn you!


    Now I gotta build myself a Tweed Deluxe.

    Damn you!!

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    I'll have to measure the pickups for the exact numbers. I do know that just about every time the bridge pickup ends up closer to the strings than the "factory" 1/16" spec. The neck pickup is usually real close to factory spec... but I always lower the bass side a bit to clean up the tone.

    The only guitar I have that the sweet spot ended up being farther away than 1/16th, at least for the bridge pickup, is a PRS David Grissom guitar. I'm still getting used to the pickups in that guitar... they're real powerful, not like a PAF at all.

    One thing I didn't mention... the treble side's not too critical in all this. It's the bass side that really determines thin vs. mud in the whole adjustment scheme. Thin's (thin-er) actually good for an LP on the neck pickup bass side but the bridge pickup really has to be right to get all the tone out of it.

    Deluxes are mostly mud machines anyway so that's why I used that amp, if you can get an LP to work with a 5E3... it's gonna sound way better thru just about anything else. My "reference" LP tones have always been Duane and Bloomfield... Marshall's and Blackface Fenders.

    You're all very kind, thank you for the compliments but I just had some time on my hands and thought maybe this could help a bit. It's all a big puzzle anyway, this is just a little piece.
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesforstevie View Post
    Awesome GB. For taking the time and doing it right!!! Killer little amp btw!!! Clone me one of them bad boys!!!
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by Minibucker View Post
    Damn you!


    Now I gotta build myself a Tweed Deluxe.

    Damn you!!


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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Very nice of you to do this for everyone.
    What is the factory setting for neck pup?

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesforstevie View Post
    Awesome GB. For taking the time and doing it right!!! Killer little amp btw!!! Clone me one of them bad boys!!!
    What do you set the volume controls for the PUP's when making these adjustments? The reason I ask is because if your using an upgrade kit in the guitar it really effects the way the strings sound. Do your guitars have upgraded electronic kits in them?

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    This is the most informative post I've read on these boards. It's EASY to hear on my POS computer speakers. Immediately useful information for better tone.

    Get's my vote for a sticky. In case it doesn't, I copied and pasted this to a Word doc.

    Thanks Roadrunner ... you da man.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by SlyStrat View Post
    Very nice of you to do this for everyone.
    What is the factory setting for neck pup?
    The little handout/flyer that came with PAF guitars back in the day stated "1/16th of an inch, stings depressed at the last fret"... didn't say anything about neck vs. bridge pickups so I'm assuming it was for both.
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by roadhog96 View Post
    What do you set the volume controls for the PUP's when making these adjustments? The reason I ask is because if your using an upgrade kit in the guitar it really effects the way the strings sound. Do your guitars have upgraded electronic kits in them?

    All the controls were on "10", for the sake of consistancy. No upgrade kits... everything was stock except the pickups in the R9 which are, coincidentally, RS/Fralin "True '60's". I left 'em in the guitar after the "Find the PAF" deal a couple of years ago.
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by Jurius View Post
    This is the most informative post I've read on these boards. It's EASY to hear on my POS computer speakers. Immediately useful information for better tone.

    Get's my vote for a sticky. In case it doesn't, I copied and pasted this to a Word doc.

    Thanks Roadrunner ... you da man.

    Wow! Thank you so very much.

    I'm just the messenger here though, it's Roy from RS that deserves the credit for this... it was his idea. Thanks Roy!
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Thanks Roy and Roadrunner!

    How does adjusting the pole pieces figure into all of this?

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Excellent!

    Funny, tried this last night with my '97 R8. ... Ended up exactly where I was after 12 years of playing and tweaks! Guess my ears are better than I thought!

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Cool!

    I used my Deluxe clone to set mine up following the technique that you described.

    I felt like I didn't really notice the "bloom" as much as I noticed that the notes had what I call "pull" at the end of their sustain. Just when you think the note will die out, it pulls you along farther than expected, kind of like a car with bad brakes.

    I hear the same thing in your clips.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by majick59 View Post
    Thanks Roy and Roadrunner!

    How does adjusting the pole pieces figure into all of this?


    Good question.

    Adjusting the poles, at least to me, has always been a "fine tuning" thing. Dan, "Bluesforstevie", put up a cool post about proper radiusing of the poles. I'll see if I can find it.

    I start with them flat to the top of the pickup cover and usually end up with the "D" string the highest, the "G" string down a bit from the "D", the "B" string down a bit from the top of the cover and the rest of 'em pretty much flat to the cover. That helps even out the volume issue with humbuckers, for me at least.

    Sometimes I just set 'em up and leave 'em like a blackguard pickup... all the poles flat to the cover and the same height. I love Teles... sorry!
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Another grateful thank you for taking the time to do the clips. This is incredibly helpful since I am always struggling with finding "The Sweetspot" but never knew how to recognize it until your clips. I can't wait to give it a try.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Quote Originally Posted by majick59 View Post
    Thanks Roy and Roadrunner!

    How does adjusting the pole pieces figure into all of this?
    You probably adjust them until you get the same result with the rest of the strings.

    Great post by the way, I think I'm in the sweet spot already but I'll experiment tonight.


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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Great post and an excellent method for finding the sweet spot. This should be a sticky.

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    You are adjusting for the sound from the "E"'s open. That would seem to be the sweet spot for an open string. Since we are talking about such subtle and small differences, I would think any time you depress a string, you would take it out of the sweet spot.

    What would happen if you put a capo on at 12 or so, and adjusted for that? Seems like that would get you close to the sweet spot for more area on the neck. or maybe back a bit- maybe the 5-7th fret? Or is this just over-the-top anal?

    Sorry, not trying to rain on your parade, just thin king out loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carfac View Post
    You are adjusting for the sound from the "E"'s open. That would seem to be the sweet spot for an open string. Since we are talking about such subtle and small differences, I would think any time you depress a string, you would take it out of the sweet spot.

    What would happen if you put a capo on at 12 or so, and adjusted for that? Seems like that would get you close to the sweet spot for more area on the neck. or maybe back a bit- maybe the 5-7th fret? Or is this just over-the-top anal?

    Sorry, not trying to rain on your parade, just thin king out loud.
    That is exactly what he is doing but he did not explain it very clearly:

    As you come up you will hear a point where the end of the note starts to bloom (or the end of the note starts to get louder as ) keep raising the pickup till you hear that bloom stop then back it back down till it starts again
    In other words he moves the sweet spot further down the neck.

    When I did mine I put a capo at the 7th fret to get a good coverage from 3rd fret till 15th fret.
    The lower your action the more area you can cover.
    Bridge is easier because there is less change in string height at that point, it's not exact sience but all in all this method works pretty good.



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    Thanks for the posts! Hey guys don't forget to dampen the free strings otherwise you'll be hearin these vibrating in sympathy with the plucked note...
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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    This was one of the most useful threads I've seen. I couldn't really find the bloom or sweet spot but I coujld hear the difference in pickup height. Also adjusted the height of the poles to follow the arc of the neck before making an adjustment to the pickup height. Staggering of the poles made a big difference in string clarity. I played with the pickup height until it sounded good to me. I'll have to say the mud in the neck PUP is hardly evident. I tried this tweeking procdure to three LPs and all were better to my ears.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Same here.

    Heretofore, I knew about setting pickup heights to Gibson factory specs, as well as setting the pole-piece radius, but never went any further.

    The additional tips in this thread, particularly raising the bridge pickup a little more and slightly lowering the bass side of the neck pickup, sound real good so far.

    Thanks to everyone who posted.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    I was using this method to adjust the pickups on my '09 R9 yesterday, and got a surprise that never happened to me on my other Les Pauls.

    I do have fairly low action on that guitar, but the surprise was due to the ('09) replica top carve.

    The top carve is so pronounced that when I screwed down the pickups to the "starting point" under the strings, the top of the pickup was actually well below the mounting ring. Unfortunately, one leg of the adjustment screw wasn't long enough, and the pickup sprang off of it on one side. I had to remove the strings and the pickup ring to reattach it (and if you've ever done this, you know this is a really tricky procedure requiring at least three of your hands).

    Anyway, I reattached it, restrung, and took the opportunity to rub down my "illegal" fretboard (good luck, Gibson!), then adjusted the pickup per the harmonics. It sounds great, and this is through the stock BB's that came with the guitar. The only extra thing I've done was adjust the pole screws to the bridge radius in the "\/\/\/" method.

    It was worth the time and effort. Thanks again, Roadrunner!

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    hi there

    was just gonna listen to this but soundclips are no longer available? Can anyone repost them please? and howcome this wasn't a "sticky"?

    Cheers

    Rob

    quick edit...1 minute after posting....they seem to be available now..... thanks anyway

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    Les Paul Forum Member Bass Blom's Avatar
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    Pups Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    did it to this one today after 'throwing' in them P94's two days ago, thanks!


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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    These clips seem to be unavailable, pity.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    How about playing your guitar through your regular rig the way you usually do... but with a screw driver handy and adjust as you play to what sounds good to you.

    Boom-done.
    Last edited by Flying Fish; 03-31-12 at 12:07 AM.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Yes, that's what I usually do, but I have some trouble dialing in a new set and I'm wondering if there's something I don't know.

    Unrelated to this, this method seems to emphasize the double tone thing, but I wonder if that involves a tradeoff with other things you might want.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    There's always a trade-off... just like with different neck shapes, fret size, string height, etc etc. There's no magic bullet.

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    Re: Adjusting Pickups: The "Sweet Spot" with Soundclips

    Thanks Gary! I know it's an old thread but I just found it. I just did it tonight, relatively crudely and I can already tell the difference, big time.

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