#1
Are there any?
By raising, i mean turning the screws in such a way that they come out of the body more (just to clarify).
So, are there any benefits to having pickups particularly high, or low?
Sorry if there is a thread on this, but i was curious.

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#2
Hmmmm, I've seen Dave Mustaine hit a note on the pick up. So you can get a really high note even if you only have 22 or 24 frets. It works, try it.
#3
Well the further away they are, most of the time you won't get any sound out your amp cause their too far away from the pickups but I don't really think there is much difference. I usually have them about half an inch to about an inch away from my pickups and the tones fine.
#4
From what I've read, if the pickups are closer to the strings you get a "hotter" and louder sound, if they're far from them you get a softer sound with a little less volume due to the distance.
#5
Quote by dopelope
Hmmmm, I've seen Dave Mustaine hit a note on the pick up. So you can get a really high note even if you only have 22 or 24 frets. It works, try it.


I've heard of Kirk Hammet doing that too


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#6
I found this:

Adjust your pickups in small increments using the screws on the sides. With single coils and humbuckers (double bars), you can change the tone of the guitar by moving pickups either lower or higher. Generally, when you move the pickup higher (closer to the strings), you get more sound and a brassier tone. When you move the pickup lower, you get a bit more of a muted tone.
#8
I've always found it to be a gain thing; as in, when the pickups are closer to the strings it is a lot easier for them to pick up the vibrations of the strings, and vice versa for lower pickups. On all my guitars with humbuckers, the bridge humbucker is very close to the strings while there is more distance between the neck humbucker and the strings.
#9
It is true that you get more output with pickups closer to the strings and a slightly brighter tone but you also lose sustain if they get too close as the magnetic field from the pickups interferes with the string's vibration.
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#10
My bridge humbucker is so close to the string that I get handling noise from muting the strings to stop handling noise. I'll either drop the pickup a bit or try to mute the wound strings over the mid p/u. For now I put up with it cause I like the sound but at higher volume it will be a bit of a ball ache.
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#11
I like my neck pickup low, I keep it flush with the mounting ring. You get less output but more clarity and I find that its more responsive to playing dynamics. The magnet can also have a slight dampening effect on the strings, I don't really find this to be a huge issue, I get most of the sustain I need from turning the volume up on a tube amp.
#12
I like my pickups higher, it gives the guitar a little more balls.
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#13
yeah what everyone else says. also, most humbuckers have tunable pole peices to tune individual strings. lots of weaking. those screws you see? well they are screws for a reason, and they are attached to magnets whichhave an effect on the field or whatever. so if your high e is weak, but you like everything else you can just adjust that one pole.

and yeah, there are generally harmonics right over the bridge pickup. on my epi es paul, the harmonics are convieniently DIRECTLY over the bridge pickup pole peices.
#14
If you raise your pickups, you increase output. However, the closer the pickups are to the strings the stronger the magnetic force is on the strings; this means less sustain and if the pickups are really close it can pull the strings out of tune every time the string is plucked. Increasing your output by raising the pickups also reduces clarity and response.

The is basically no reason to raise your pickups. If you actually need more output, change to high-output pickups or get a boost/overdrive/EQ pedal. However, most modern guitarist don't use the guitar's output anyway since most now use multi-channel amps or dedicated distortion pedals to control their clean and dirty tones. Basically, unless you're using a singe-channel amp, there's really no point in having high-output pickups, let alone pickups close to the strings.
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#15
Quote by dopelope
Hmmmm, I've seen Dave Mustaine hit a note on the pick up. So you can get a really high note even if you only have 22 or 24 frets. It works, try it.


I've done this on occasion, too. It's fun, and confuses people.

Thanks for your help guys. I thought there would be some effect tone-wise.