Pick up placing on electric guitars?

Asked by: Hector Disla

Neck pickup: in guitars, place the pickup close to the end of the fretboard. In general, the closer to the fretboard the better, since the sound will be mellower and louder.

How does pickup placement affect tone?

Meaning if you raise the pickup as a whole up close toward the strings you will get one type of sound. However if you set the body of the pickup somewhere in the middle between the strings and the body, and then you go ahead and start to raise some of the adjustable pole pieces you will reveal a very different sound.

How high should the pickups be on an electric guitar?

Remember, this is just a guideline. What should be the determining factor for your guitar’s pickup height is what sounds preferable to your playing style. 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.

Where is the pickup on an electric guitar?

The pickup could be said to be the “heart” of an electric guitar. This device converts string vibrations into electricity, and is embedded in the body of the guitar right beneath the strings.

Which way should pickups face?

Most humbuckers are symmetrical and their sound does not change at all when installed backwards. Humbuckers that are not mentioned in this FAQ sound the same when installed in either direction. Some humbuckers have a distinctly different sound if you turn them around. There is no right or wrong installation direction.

What happens if pickup is too high?

Setting Pickup Height 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.

Does raising a pickup make it louder?

As the pickup is moved further away from the bridge the louder and fuller it sounds. The pickup has more string vibration moving over the coils. If the pickups are too close such as in a Stratocaster I find you get too many overtones especially on the lower strings when playing up the fretboard.

Where should I set my pickup height?

And this measurement is the gap that's between the bottom of the string. And the top of the pole piece of the pickup. More close enough for now and then 5/64 on the treble.

How far away should my pickups be?

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.

What is the best height for pickups?

We recommend between somewhere close to 5/64″ on the bridge pickup, and about 4/64″ on the neck. Keep in mind, these are measurements on the Low-E side. On the High-E, we might suggest you move it just a tad closer (say 1/64″ on each pickup). Adjusting height is easy.

How do I know the direction of my pickup winding?

The most common way is to look for the black hookup wire. The majority of pickup companies connect the black and ground wire to the beginning of the coil. The beginning of the coil is wound directly to the rod magnets in vintage style single coil pickups.

How do you know which way a pickup is a wound?

If North pulls towards the pickup, your pickups are “South To Strings,” or“South Up” (Opposites attract). If South pulls towards your pickup, your pickup is North To Strings. It’s essential to know your magnetic polarity, as some pickups can have their coil direction reversed easily.

Which pickup is the neck and which is the bridge?

The Main Differences Between the Bridge and Neck Pickup are: The bridge pickup has more output and volume, whereas the Neck pickup generally has less. The bridge pickup tone is brighter, has more attack and punch, whereas the neck pickup is darker, more mellow, and warm.

What are the different pickup positions for?

The main difference between neck and bridge pickup is the bridge sounds brighter, sharper and more piercing used for riffs, lead lines, rhythm, and solos. In Contrast, the neck pickup sounds warmer, thicker and darker usually used for lead solos and melodies.

Which pickup is hotter bridge or neck?

The bridge pickup is wound ‘hotter’ (more turns) than the neck pickup so they have a higher output. This adds more mids more bite. They do this to compensate for the smaller string amplitude (lack of movement of the strings).

Should bridge pickup be higher than neck?

Bridge pickups have higher resistance and therefore more output than their neck position counterparts. The neck pickup’s lower resistance and output tend to compensate for its dullness.

Should the neck pickup be lower than the bridge pickup?

We affirmed earlier that, by setting the neck pickup lower than the bridge pickup, you are effectively aiming for a more evened-out tone. This is because neck pickups tend to be louder than bridge pickups. After all, they are closer to the area with the highest amplitude (the middle of the string).

What happens if you put a neck pickup in the bridge?

If a pickup is wound hotter for the bridge, it can have more volume and fullness but can sound to dark or fat sounding in the neck position. The string vibration near the bridge is less than the neck position and players often want a better balance between positions.