#1
I recently bought a Charvel Desolation guitar that has EMG 81/85 active pickups, which I have never had on a guitar in the past (I have passive on my other 4 guitars) I bought it from Sweetwater and they have the 55 point inspection which of course includes setting the pickup height. When I received the guitar, I noticed that the neck pickup is very low and the bridge pickup is very high, which I've never had a setup done where the bridge pickup was this high - it's about a quarter of an inch from the strings. When I palm mute, the strings don't touch the pickup but they come pretty close! Does anyone have advice on whether or not I should lower the pickup? I don't know if the guitar tech at Sweetwater sets all the guitars up like this or if he didn't bother changing it from how it was shipped from Charvels factory. Thanks for any help you can give me.
#2
Lower it. Raise it. Experiment. Pickup height is easy as hell to adjust and the changes are easily reversible. Get a screwdriver and have fun.
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#3
Adjust it yourself. Don't be afraid to experiment. The way guitars are set up from the factory usually sucks anyway.
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I set up book I got recently said a good starting point is 4/16th of an inch from the strings on either pickup. (Possibly 5/16ths on the neck? I'll check when I get home.) That's how I set it, but he world is your oyster.
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#5
Active pickups can be extremely close to the strings because they don't have much magnetic pull.
I would leave the bridge pickup as long as it's not causing any problems by touching the strings, then adjust the neck pickup (if necessary) until it's the same volume as the bridge.

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#6
EMG recommends that you place the bridge pickup as close to the strings as possible. The neck pickup is usually a little further from the strings to balance out the volume difference between the two pickups. I thought one of my guitars didn't have the output of my other guitars (all were equipped with active pickups, EMG or SD Blackouts) until I noticed the difference in pickup heights...they definitely do have a strong influence on the sounds you will get out of your guitar.
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#7
^ yeah that's what i thought. the emgs on my jackson were pretty close to the strings when i got it. i'm lazy so that means they're still pretty close to the strings
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Active pickups can be extremely close to the strings because they don't have much magnetic pull.
I would leave the bridge pickup as long as it's not causing any problems by touching the strings, then adjust the neck pickup (if necessary) until it's the same volume as the bridge.


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