#1
apparently, my epiphone les paul needs F spaced pickups. i thought F spaced pickups were only for tremelo guitars. does it greatly affect the tone if u have the wrong size pickups?
heres the pic. look at the pickup on the right... you will notice the thickest string is in line with the pole but as you go down to the rest of the strings, each of them gets farther and farther away from the pole.
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#2
ur going to get a weaker signal from those strings.

u can try raising that side of the pickup a little to compensate.
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#3
you should have enough play to move the pup over so the pole lines up under the high E. Try it both ways and see if you hear a noticable difference in tone. IMO, I would get the correct spacing for it.
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#4
yeah, i was reading up on it and apparently i DO need F spacing for the bridge only... F (fender) spaced is pretty misleading... i thought it was only for tremelo guitars.
#5
here this is from the dimarzio website and explains why you need f-spacing

What is F-spacing?
All of our full-size humbuckers except the X2N® are available in two polepiece spacings. F-spacing refers to the wider of the two spacings. For proper string alignment and balanced output, F-spaced humbuckers should be used in the bridge position on all guitars with string spacing at the bridge of 2.1" (53 mm) or greater. On these guitars, if the nut width is 1-11/16” (43 mm) or greater, F-spaced pickups can be used in the neck position as well.

Why are there two different spacings?

A long time ago (in the 20th century, actually) the electric guitar world was divided between Gibson and Fender designs. One of the differences between the two was string spacing. In general, Gibson chose a narrower string spacing at the bridge than Fender, and therefore the polepieces on Gibson humbuckers were closer together than the magnets on Fender pickups. When guitar shops started installing humbuckers in the bridge position of Strats, it was obvious that the strings didn’t line up with the polepieces, and if the E strings were too far outside, the sound could suffer. Our first humbuckers followed the original Gibson spacing, and we call them standard-spaced. When we released our first humbuckers with wider spacing, Floyd Rose bridges were very popular. Floyd string-spacing is the same as Fender spacing, so we naturally called the new pickups F-spaced.

How do I know which spacing to use?

F-spaced pickups measure 2.01" (51 mm) center-to-center from the first polepiece to the sixth. Standard-spaced pickups measure 1.90" (48 mm). Although some players believe that F-spaced pickups are only for the bridge position of tremolo bridge guitars, many guitars with fixed bridges (including late 1990s Gibson Les Pauls and Epiphone LPs) should have F-spaced pickups in the bridge position. Most tremolo equipped guitars that have a nut width of 1-11/16” (43mm) or more should also use an F-spaced pickup in the neck position. If you’re replacing a bridge-position pickup and you're not sure what your string-spacing is, it's usually better to get an F-spaced model. It is not necessary for the strings to pass exactly over the center of the polepieces for best performance, but it is wise to avoid a situation where the E strings are sitting completely outside of the outer polepieces.

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#6
i thought u said u bought it already. =/
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#7
yeah, the neck pickup lines up right, only the bridge pickup is out of alignment. guess i gotta return it and get F spaced.