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    How to adjust pickup pole pieces

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    Very good article.

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    It neglects that the relative height of the bridge-wards and neck-wards poles has a significant tonal effect on one string. The oscillation under the coil closest to the bridge is narrower, and the signal from there brighter. As you get closer to 12th fret the strings vibration gets more prominent low modes. Hence neck vs bridge being vastly different even with the same pickup

    But as the bridge pickup is so close to the bridge, the two coils see pretty different oscillations, modes and overtones. The upshot is raising screws on a single-screw-coil pickup makes it brighter and tighter.

    If double screw pole you can use the opposite effect: the neck-wards poles are clumsy low end EQ.

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    Brilliant article!

    When it comes to pole pieces and overall pickup height I usually just play it by ear, literally, and muck around with it until it sounds good to me. After reading this things make much more sense. Next time I make any adjustments I'll understand things alot more.

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    I was actually gonna post this. Do people commonly do this? I knew you could, I just didn't think it was something that's common practice, and how significant are the differences?

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    The differences are pretty significant; this gets you to the spot where low notes punch through, but things don't skronk out on the high frets.

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    I wouldn't say it's super significant. Overall pickup height makes much more of a difference. However, it's very useful for dealing with problem strings. I know I've had issues with the G string in a few guitars where it will be drastically different in volume because it is a larger unwound string, and adjusting the pole pieces can help with that.

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