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Old 04-28-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy Loose Humbucker, Muddy Tone?

So I just got a new Epiphone Brent Hinds Signature V. Everything about it is fantastic, I've cycled through a few Epiphone guitars and this one being brand spanking new is perhaps the best Epiphone I've played to date. However there is an issue with it already though.

When I changed the factory strings I noticed the neck humbucker was loose. I didn't think much of it since it stays in place. Then I played it unplugged and noticed the humbucker was so loose in fact that it actually rattles against the body when I play the low E or downtuned power chords. Also when I play plugged into an amp the neck is nowhere near as articulate as the bridge position. So obviously with the humbucker being loose this is causing issues when playing. How do I fix this? I see around the pickup itself is a black cover. Do I remove the 4 mounting screws and will be able to fix this? Or will I have to take off the pick guard. Here's a picture of the guitar for reference. Also if I manage to correct the issue how do I determine the correct height of the pickup in relation to the strings?

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Old 04-28-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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Yes, you should be able to take out the mounting rings screws, then put stronger springs on the pickup itself.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:26 PM   #3
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Stronger springs? Or maybe they just weren't placed on correctly? The pick-up actually sits slightly slanted inside the black cover.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:38 PM   #4
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A lot of pickups don't sit straight in their mounts, I've never been too worried by it, provided it doesn't interfere with set up, but it could indicate inappropriate mounting.

When I install pickups, I use whatever springs come to hand, provided they are strong enough and can be compressed enough. You can also use pieces of silicone rubber tubing.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:08 PM   #5
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is the height adjustment screw going through the pick up plate? (center bottom and center top screws, slightly smaller than the screws in the 4 corners of the pup ring).

maybe it's not attached, making it too low causing muddyness and flopping around loose in there.

make sure you can lower and raise the pup to be sure. please report back.
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