#1
Hey guys question here,

I've heard a lot of things about how you should set you pickups as close to the strings as possible, then just as much saying this kills your sustain, and I was just wondering, how far should I set the pickups to my strings?
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#2
play around with the height till you find what's right for you, I've seen guys that have their pickups set below the pickguard. I definately would not suggest seting them as close to the strings as possible though....
#3
about 1/8" is what my lutherie teacher recommends... it can vary a bit depending on the output of the pickup, active/passif, depending on your type of playing, if the pick gets in the way... but that should be your starting point

Edit: also, depending on the pickup configuration, either S-S-S/H-H/H-S-H, having the pickups too close to the strings can kill your sustain, keep that in mind aswell
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#4
its all your preferance, take an hour or so, sit down and really experiment with the tone and sustain, theres no official recommended height really
#5
Quote by velly69
about 1/8" is what my lutherie teacher recommends... it can vary a bit depending on the output of the pickup, active/passif, depending on your type of playing, if the pick gets in the way... but that should be your starting point

Edit: also, depending on the pickup configuration, either S-S-S/H-H/H-S-H, having the pickups too close to the strings can kill your sustain, keep that in mind aswell



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#6
Like Etays69 said, take a few minutes to play around with your guitar. Pay attention do the difference in sounds while setting the pups higher/lower. Its all about how YOU want it to sound. Once again, 1/8" is what we're tought to keep it at while doing a general set-up. I've also seen ppl put different heights on the same pup: higher near the high-E, lower on the low-E sides. Mess around with it, maybe you can find a cool sound for the style of playing you have!
#7
okay, thanks for the advice, I figured I was gonna have to figure it out myself, but basically, as close to the strings as possible = bad?
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