#1
I recently installed new pickups in my guitar. they work but are very quiet. Im just wondering if it could be pickup height. will a 5+mm too low have a seriously adverse effect on volume or only a small effect?
#2
Depends on the pickups. Active pickups tend to be more sensitive to height adjustments, but regardless, it's still important no matter what pickups you're using.
#3
they are not active, jst a set of Duncans, SB4b and SB2n. il give raising the pickups a go tonight. they really have lost a ton of volume.
#4
test it out for yourself...it made a difference for me but not hugeee...but def a diff
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#5
Strat pickups need to be a little lower than humbuckers. The magnetic fields on their PUs can affect the strings vibrations adversely.
Measure the PU height by pressing the string at the last fret and measure from the PU and bottom of the string.
For Fender factory specs ilooks like 1/8" Bass & 3/32" treble (higher for Sensors is OK @ 1/16")
Gibson factory setup for HB is 1/16" Bass & 3/32" treble.
These numbers are from Dan Erlewine's GUitar Player repair Manual as measured by himself.
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#6
Humbuckers need to be lower than strat pickups because they have stronger magnets and therefore are more likely to interfere with string vibrations.
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#7
The effect depends on the pickups, like steven and others have mentioned. It also depends on your amp and picking to a certain degree.

I personally don't hear all that much of a difference, but thats most likely due to my setup and playing. If you play very articulate blues with softer and harder picking etc. You are bound to notice a bigger difference.
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#8
Quote by steven seagull
Humbuckers need to be lower than strat pickups because they have stronger magnets and therefore are more likely to interfere with string vibrations.


The magnetic field on a Strat coil is actually stronger than a humbuckers! The HB's two coils cancell each other out to a degree and is how they reduce hum! Read up on Strats and you'll see it' common to have intonation problems if the PUs are too high.
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#9
strat pull is stronger because it's more concentrated.

and there's an explanation of tonal differences in the first post, in the green link in my sig.

dont forget the importance of adjusting pole pieces too.
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