Tips for creating a dynamic guitar tone?



Asked by: Latoya Johnson

What height should my pickups be?





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.

What height should my humbuckers 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.

How do you adjust the height on a Gibson pickup?


So as you tighten the screw it lifts the pickup. And as you loosen the screw it lowers the pickup.

What does pickup height affect?

Guitar pickup height affects tone due to the distance between the pickups and the guitar strings. As the distance gets smaller, the string’s vibration pattern, pitch, and sustain are altered along with an increase in the pickup output. All of these factors ultimately affect the tone of the guitar.

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.

When should I adjust my pickup height?

The purpose of adjusting the pickup height of your guitar is to try and achieve the BEST tone possible. If your pickups are set too low your tone may sound thinner/ have a lower output than desired. If your pickups are too high, they may not be picking up the sound to the best of their ability.

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.

How high should the action be at the 12th fret?

Measuring at the 12th fret (as in the photo), the action height should be 2.6 mm for Steel String Acoustic guitar, 1.8 for electric, 2.0mm for bass and 3mm for a Classical.

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.



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.

Are my pickups too close to the strings?

As a starting point/rule-of-thumb sort of thing, though, I’d advise the following: Don’t set humbuckers closer than 4/64” (1.6mm) Don’t set Fender-type pickups closer than 6/64” (2.4mm) Don’t set P-Bass closer than 6/64”(2.4mm) and J-Bass closer than 5/64” (2mm)

Why is my neck pickup louder than bridge?

Essentially, the neck pickup is positioned closer to the strings ‘peak’ vibrations resulting in a louder output than the bridge pickup. In comparison, the bridge pickup is positioned closer to the saddle where the vibrations are less prominent, resulting in a weaker output.



Is humbucker louder than single coil?

While single-coils and their lower output are known for clean, clear and lighter tones, humbuckers are thicker with more lows and mids. The difference in output isn’t only heard in tone but also in volume. The increased output of humbuckers means that they are simply louder than single-coils.

Why is my bridge pickup so quiet?

The most likely is a damaged wire, worn selector switch or a bad solder joint – which is leaving a very poor connection or no connection. You should check all wiring and solder joints.

Are humbuckers quieter than single coil?

As a result, humbuckers tend to be quieter than their single coil counterparts, but the net result, even when you turn up the volume accordingly, tends to have less hum and tendency for magnetic feedback.

Are p90s better than humbuckers?

In a nutshell, P90 pickups have more bite compared to humbuckers, with an emphasis on the mid-range and treble. Compared to humbuckers, they produce a brighter, twangy sound. Humbuckers produce a richer, fuller, warmer and more well-rounded tone overall with zero noise, due to their hum-cancelling design.



What are p90s good for?

P90 pickups are good for a range of different styles of music, because they have a versatile tone. They’re well suited to blues, country and rock. The only style that they aren’t usually as well suited to, is metal. This is because you can get some humming when you crank up the gain, as they only have one coil.