#1
just wondering...if only the bridge needs to be f spaced or both? its a fender type trem on a jackson guitar. .. thanx...
#2
Yes.
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#3
Do they really need to be F-spaced?

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#5
They don't need to be. My Cort is F spaced and has Gibson 'buckers in it, but it;s also heavily customized with an aftermarket pickguard. It just looks nicer. But if the hole is already routed for f spacing, both will be f spaced.
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#6
get pickups with rails, they don't have any special spacing
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#7
Quote by Dempsey68
get pickups with rails, they don't have any special spacing


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#8
Quote by TheStig1214
They don't need to be. My Cort is F spaced and has Gibson 'buckers in it, but it;s also heavily customized with an aftermarket pickguard. It just looks nicer. But if the hole is already routed for f spacing, both will be f spaced.

The holes are the same size for regular or F-spaced pups. The only difference is the spacing of the pole pieces, the overall size of the humbucker is the same size F-spaced or not. Only the bridge needs to be F-spaced. The holes have nothing to do with it, it's all about the string spacing, and a F-spaced is to wide for the neck position.
#9
Quote by Way Cool JR.
The holes are the same size for regular or F-spaced pups. The only difference is the spacing of the pole pieces, the overall size of the humbucker is the same size F-spaced or not. Only the bridge needs to be F-spaced. The holes have nothing to do with it, it's all about the string spacing, and a F-spaced is to wide for the neck position.


Wow, really? I was always under the impression that f spaced were a bit less wide overall. Whatever. The pole under the low E on my Cort is not under that string on either pickup because they are bother regular spaced lol.
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#10
people have been putting humbuckers in strats long before f spaced pups were produced. For something like 30+ years.

You don't "need" it. If you already had pickups I don't think it would be worth buying new ones just because of spacing. The poles wont line up exactly but it will still work fine and tonally wont make much difference.

Humbuckers throw out a large magnetic field. I think f spaced is about 90% just to get it "cosmetically" right. When Fender starting putting Pearly Gates pickups in the strat in the 90s they didn't use f spaced
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#11
Typically, people only have the bridge pickup with F-spacing. It doesn't matter if they are or not, though, since the pickups will still work the same.
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#12
Quote by cheesefries
people have been putting humbuckers in strats long before f spaced pups were produced. For something like 30+ years.

You don't "need" it. If you already had pickups I don't think it would be worth buying new ones just because of spacing. The poles wont line up exactly but it will still work fine and tonally wont make much difference.

Humbuckers throw out a large magnetic field. I think f spaced is about 90% just to get it "cosmetically" right. When Fender starting putting Pearly Gates pickups in the strat in the 90s they didn't use f spaced

seems like the whole F spacing is for Fender to make more money
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#13
Quote by jageya
just wondering...if only the bridge needs to be f spaced or both? its a fender type trem on a jackson guitar. .. thanx...

No the neck does not need to be F spaced, I don't think they even make an F space Neck pickup.
The bridge can be either, but F spaced "looks" better with a F spaced bridge and vice versa
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#14
What cheesefries wrote is right on. If your buying new pickups it doesnt cost anymore to get f spaced so go ahead and get them, but if you have a set or were given a set or something and they aren't f spaced don't worry about just use them.
#15
Only the bridge.
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#16
You want your Bridge pickup to be F Spaced (53mm) and your Neck pickup to be normal spaced (50mm) so the strings match the pole pieces on both pickups.

As it has been said, you dont "need" the F Spacing on your Briddge pickup for it to sound great, but if you have the option to have it on F Spaced and make it match the strings (and look great doing so) then why not? At the end you're paying for the pickups, at least you can choose how your guitar will look with them.
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#17
This is Jeff Becks guitar. If it's good enough for him then ya know



but yea... if your buying new just get the ones where the poles match up so it doesn't look off.
#18
The correct answer is that it varies on a guitar - by - guitar basis.

The string spacing on my RG520 is F spaced in both positions.

My S420 is F spaced in the bridge and regular spaced in the neck.

I've never encountered a guitar with a double locking trem that is Regular spaced in the bridge, but I'm quite sure it exists. It's all just dependent on the string spacing at the bridge.
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