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Offline purple_voodoo

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pickup fine tuning
« on: July 20, 2007, 12:26:45 pm »
I've heard there are ways to fine tune the tone of your pickups. I know that you can adjust the pickup poles to fine tune the output of each string but I've never heard of fine tuning the tone. Anyone got any insight on this?

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 12:39:45 pm »
Adjusting the height of the pickups and the poles not only influences output, but Tone as well.

For example:
on the bass strings side, if you lower the pickup and raise the poles -- this makes the bass strings a little brighter and tighter -- great for curing "muddiness" in the low strings.
On the treble strings side, if you raise the pickup and lower the poles flush to the bobbin -- this can give a little extra fatness to the treble strings especially the high E... it can also take off some the the "icepick" highs.

All this should be done while still keeping the proper string height/distance for each string and following the fretboard radius.

I learned all this from the forum master, budd -- so credit goes to him :)

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007, 12:41:06 pm »
Adjusting the height of the pickups and the poles not only influences output, but Tone as well.

For example:
on the bass strings side, if you lower the pickup and raise the poles -- this makes the bass strings a little brighter and tighter -- great for curing "muddinesss" in the low strings.
On the treble strings side, if you raise the pickup and lower the poles flush to the bobbin -- this give a little extra fatness to the treble strings especially the high E... it can also take off some the the "icepick" highs.

All this should be done while still keeping the proper string height/distance for each string and following the fretboard radius.

I learned all this from the forum master, budd -- so credit goes to him :)

I just learned something new today!! Thanks for the info man!

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007, 03:53:38 am »
How about removing conductive spacers and turning a non-airbucker into an airbucker>

or, I once wrapped paper around a magnet in an ibanez Quantum pickup.  it softened it slightly.  I love it.

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2007, 12:50:49 pm »
How about removing conductive spacers and turning a non-airbucker into an airbucker>

or, I once wrapped paper around a magnet in an ibanez Quantum pickup.  it softened it slightly.  I love it.

I've heard about the airbucker mod, but what does it do to the tone?

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007, 02:06:30 pm »
How about removing conductive spacers and turning a non-airbucker into an airbucker>

or, I once wrapped paper around a magnet in an ibanez Quantum pickup.  it softened it slightly.  I love it.

I've heard about the airbucker mod, but what does it do to the tone?
Less output, it will be more open sounding, less compressed
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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2007, 01:02:00 am »
Less output, it will be more open sounding, less compressed

Interesting.. I gotta try that..

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Re: pickup fine tuning
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2007, 01:27:26 pm »
How about removing conductive spacers and turning a non-airbucker into an airbucker>

or, I once wrapped paper around a magnet in an ibanez Quantum pickup.  it softened it slightly.  I love it.

How do you do the airbucker mod?? and this paper around the magnet thing?