• Dwayne M.

    PICKUP ADJUSTMENT
    All magnetic pickups used in ESP guitars are adjustable. Raising or lowering a pickup will increase or
    decrease the amount of output from your guitar for that pickup. Pickup heights should be adjusted so that
    both pickups are at about the same volume level compared to each other (this is how we adjust the pickups
    from the factory). However, you may want to change the height of the pickups in order to achieve a different
    output level for each pickup. Since the pickups are magnetic it is important not to adjust them too close to
    the strings. If a pickup is too close to the strings, it will affect the vibration of the strings and could result
    in oscillating or wavering notes, extra fret buzzing, and distortion. If you notice these problems, lower the
    pickup until the notes ring true. Use a small screwdriver to adjust the pickup height (there will usually be 2
    height adjustment screws for each pickup - one on the bass side and the other on the treble side).
    Note: Some instruments have pickups with adjustable pole pieces that allow you to adjust the individual
    output levels of each string.
    The following are maximum bridge pickup heights as set at the ESP factory. Pickup height is measured
    from the top of the pickup to the bottom of the string while holding down the strings to the fretboard
    at the last fret. Keep in mind that pickup heights are not meant to be at an exact level or specification
    for correct operation of your instrument. Each player can set their own pickup heights according to their
    desired output levels.


    Maximum Bridge Pickup Heights
    ------Bass Side--------Treble Side
    Guitars 2.5 mm (3/32”) 1.5 mm (1/16”)
    Bass 3.5 mm (9/64”) 2.5 mm (3/32”)
    Note: Active pickups have less magnetic pull and may be adjusted closer to the strings than passive pickups.

    I looked for replacements for my M-1000 for a while and couldn't find plastic ones that were not tapered. Finally came across these metal ones and they are perfect and look real good too.
    STEWMAC Metal Pickup Rings

    Additionally you shouldn't use tapered rings on a flat body because then your pickups will be angled and it messes up the whole magnetic polarity and can cause phasing.

    • Pushead

      Additionally you shouldn't use tapered rings on a flat body because then your pickups will be angled and it messes up the whole magnetic polarity and can cause phasing.

      What? 0]

      You use angled rings in cases where there is a angle between the body and the neck. Most tune-o-matic guitars have neck angles, and most all ESPs have them. It allows the guitar to hold even string height across the entire neck without having the fretboard rise 1/2" off the body of the guitar.

      Magnetic polarity and phasing? :rolleyes: :lol


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