#1
Ok so i've been doing some research in how to get the best tone i can out of my current setup (Roland 20XL and a Tokai SG)

One thing i've noticed is that my 6th and 5th strings seems to be a bit "overpowering" when playing in both clean and 'dirty', now to me this means that the pickups are too close, but i have no idea whether this is true or not, i don't have the spare cash to get to take it in for a set-up

How to do i know whether the pickup heights need adjusting is there anything i can do with will give me a definitive result, or is it just a gut feeling

Note i'm no master at guitar so anything that requires a keen ear isn't useful for me, i can't even tune by ear yet, i know when it's out of tune, but i can't tune by ear for shit
Last edited by Tcrumpen at Aug 3, 2013,
#2
Just try lowering it. It doesn't hurt anything. Is this true on both pickups?
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#3
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Just try lowering it. It doesn't hurt anything. Is this true on both pickups?

tbh i havne't really checked on both pickups, it's normally on the bridge pickup (or the pickup active on the treble setting)
#4
I just started experimenting with different heights and found the height I liked. My pickups are now unbalanced but it doesn't matter - my neck pickup is a lot further away from the strings than my bridge pickup. And that's because I noticed that it gives me a smoother tone. The tone was a bit harsh when the neck pickup was too close to the strings. It also caused some clipping when I recorded through my RP355 pedal - my clean tone got distorted if I picked too hard (and I didn't like it). Adjusting the pickup height can do no harm, you can always "undo" your adjustments.
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#5
^ The GFS Fat Pats I have in my Iceman couldn't be balanced just using pickup height adjustments and I had to add a resistor to one of them. I don't know how you can live with unbalanced pups - do you gig?

Edit. The Iceman isn't even one of my gigging guitars and I still couldn't abide by it.
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^ The GFS Fat Pats I have in my Iceman couldn't be balanced just using pickup height adjustments and I had to add a resistor to one of them. I don't know how you can live with unbalanced pups - do you gig?

Edit. The Iceman isn't even one of my gigging guitars and I still couldn't abide by it.

Not at the moment. But unbalanced pickups don't matter that much to me. When I switch to the neck pickup the output is lower. So what? It has pretty much the same effect as if you turned down your guitar volume knob a bit (though it sounds a bit different). I use different pickups for different kind of sounds and I like using my neck pickup for lower gain tones.
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#7
if the 5th and 6th strings are too loud then raise the pickups slightly at the treble side. you don't need to take it in for a setup, all you need is a small screwdriver (and it's reversible).
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if the 5th and 6th strings are too loud then raise the pickups slightly at the treble side. you don't need to take it in for a setup, all you need is a small screwdriver (and it's reversible).

would lowering the bass side give the same effect?
#9
yeah
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#10
I also don't have a ruler which is accurate enough to measure the distance, is that ok?
#11
just do it by ear, really. as long as it's not way too close or way too far away from the strings it'll be fine.
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