Reducing Neck Pickup Dissonance?



Asked by: Siddharth Joseph

Why is the neck pickup slanted?





The simplest explanation is that with the slanted pickup positioning, you get more response from the treble strings and more control over the low-end strings. The closer the pickups are to the bridge, the brighter and more treble-heavy the sound becomes.

Should neck pickup be lower than bridge?

Well, raising the pickup closer to the string (magnetic field) increases the volume and output potential. Whereas lowering the pickup decreases the distance and strength of the magnetic field. Therefore, it reduces the volume/output of the guitar.

How close should the neck pickup be to the 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.

Is neck pickup a lead or rhythm?

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.

Why is my pickup slanted?





Single coil pickups are angled in order to enhance the treble response of higher strings, and the bass response of the lower strings. Because single coils are naturally quite bright, they need this angling so that the bass response isn’t too weak, causing the tone to be too harsh.

How do you fix a tilted guitar pickup?

And put the foam underneath the pickup down in the pickup cavity. That allows it to press up on the bottom of the pickup. And give it a little bit of a lean toward the front of the guitar.

Should neck pickup be higher than bridge pickup?

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 neck pickups be higher?

The correct pickup height orientation is lower on the bass side and closer on the treble side. Your Bass strings have more mass and will disturb the magnetic field more than treble strings. Reversing your pickup height orientation will provide you with “warbling” bass strings and thin treble strings – not good.

Can I put a neck pickup in the bridge position?

If you’re looking for a lower output, brighter pickup for a bridge position, then a “neck” pickup might do the job perfectly.



Is treble the neck pickup?

It just depends what sound you want. Its just a silly naming thing. Treble is the bridge pickup, rhythm is the neck pickup.

What is neck pickup good for?

The Neck Pickup Tone and Best Usage



The Neck Pickup brings out the warm nature of the guitar and is associated generally with classic rock lead, blues, and jazz guitar. Having a more mellow sound the closer the neck you go enhances the tonal palette of your playing.

Is the neck pickup treble or bass?

Print. Most of our bass pickups are available individually with matched “Bass” and “Treble” voicing. Usually, the Bass pickup (-B) is installed in the neck position, and the Treble pickup (-T) is installed in the bridge position.



Why are bridge pickups brighter?

The Sound of a Bridge Pickup



The pickup is close to the anchor point, so the strings have less time to vibrate. The sound is higher in pitch, too, which makes the sound brighter than that of the neck.

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.

What is the neck pickup on a Les Paul?

The Les Paul has two pickups, one near the bridge and the other near the neck. The position of these pickups dramatically affects how they sound. What is this? The bridge pickup sounds sharper and brighter, whilst the neck pickup sounds warmer and more mellow.

How do I make my Les Paul sound brighter?

The treble takes the bridge pickup rhythm takes the neck pickup in between takes both pickups combo of both of them but we want to be all the way into the rhythm slot.



How high should pickups be Les Paul?

Q: How close to the strings should the pickups on my Gibson Les Paul be? A: Gibson recommends 3/32″ on the bass string side and 1/16″ on the treble string side.