#1
I had two different guitar techs tell me two different things about what EMGs can do to the intonation of a guitar.

I've got an ESP LTD EC-1000 and I've been told that if EMGs are close to the strings can/cannot throw off the tuning.

but how close is too close? And who is right?
#2
no way could any pickup, no matter how strong be able to pull the strings enough to **** up your intonation.
#3
It can kill your sustain because of magnet pull, but I seriously doubt it'll throw off your intonation.
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#5
Especially actives. Their magnets aren't as strong as passives.
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#7
Quote by disasterpiece91
I had two different guitar techs tell me two different things about what EMGs can do to the intonation of a guitar.


lol then what would a pair of neobuckers do?...warp the bridge?

actually Actives have very little magnetic pull..

its BS,never go to that tech
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#8
No.

Get a new tech.

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#9
Let me guess, the stupid one works at Guitar Center
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#11
Quote by rickyj
no way could any pickup, no matter how strong be able to pull the strings enough to **** up your intonation.

It's funny you say that, because IIRC, strats have this problem with uneven magnet pull (staggered magnet polepieces) that messes with intonation a little.
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#12
EMGs certainly won't.
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#13
No. BALONEY

Even from single coils it would be so insignificant (if any) that you'd never notice. And, to begin with, your intonation is never 'perfect'.

A guitar is a simple piece of technology. Some folks just make issues where there aren't any. Some guitar techs are super....others are dickheads.
#14
Even if the pickup magnets were strong enough to affect the intonation of the strings the strings could still be intonated properly because the pickups do not move.
#15
Quote by rickyj
no way could any pickup, no matter how strong be able to pull the strings enough to **** up your intonation.
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No. BALONEY

Even from single coils it would be so insignificant (if any) that you'd never notice. And, to begin with, your intonation is never 'perfect'.
Yes and no. It's correct that pickups can't effect the intonation in the sense that the string height, the position of the bridge saddles, the position of the nut and the position of all the frets can't be effected by the pcikups; what most guitarists think of ''intonation'' being won't be effected.

However, pickups can pull guitar strings out of tune (which is what intonation really relates to), or even stop them from ringing out at all. I had this problem myself not so long ago; I couldn't understand why the 6th string on one of my Telecasters would onyl be in tune for a fraction of a second and then immediately start reading sharp and the flat, then sharp again. Turned out it was the neck pcikup doing it - my neck pickup is effectively two single ocils simply placed right next to each other and wired ins eries, so they have a very strong magnetic field and this was pulling the string around. I lowered the pickup and job done, no more problems.


Anyhoo, active pickups have such a low magnetic field that they will only start to effect the string if they're within roughly 1.3mm of the bottom of the string. There is no reaons to have the pickups that close anyway. Most active pickups work best when between 5.6mm and 10.3mm away form the bottom of the strings.
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