Pick-up leveling

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  1. Stark Naked

    Stark Naked Active Member

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    I've had a couple of SG standards with full bat wing pick guards and wondered if there is a best way to get the pickups to sit parallel to the strings or at least leveled with the pick guard. Any suggestions.
     
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    Packing underneath with foam is a usual way - put more under the side that needs to be lifted.
     
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    I'll try it. Thanks.
     
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    I've never felt the need to get the pickups parallel to the strings, but there's definitely a few members on here who have done it successfully, I seem to recall a thread about it at least once. Level with the pickguard is easy, just lower them until you're there.
     
  5. Stark Naked

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    When a pickup is low on the bridge side and high on the neck side, you wonder if your getting the full out put. I'll try to put up some pictures.
     
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    The output is based on the average of the two. A bit of tilt doesn't make much difference.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Most of my guitars have P-90's, but the one SG with Humbuckers...

    I add pickup ring to bridge pickup only.
    Foam shim under neck pickup.

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    That's actually a pretty cool look.
     
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    Level with the pick guard is easy on the batswing models it's getting the pups level with the strings that is difficult.
     
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    Looks great, I think it's the best option for my SG as well. Cool, thanks for the post.
     
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    Call me lazy but I just ordered a pair of SG pup rings, it's got to be easier that using blocks of wood and bolting the pups to the body.
     
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    I added rings, not necessarily to level but to make it look nicer.

    Looks are more important than function.
     
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    Late to the party... ;) But just for the record: I've added pickup rings - worked like a charm.

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    Foam, not so much. :D It's a bit of a chore to get the pickguard off and on again, and it was only after the fact that I realized I had used too little foam.
     
  16. Huntroll

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    This is how I do it -
    Grip the pickups leg, where the mounting screw threads through,
    with a pair of vise-grips or pliers,
    and twist/bend it in the direction of the desired tilt,
    (so that just the "foot part" gets bent a little).
    Then mount the pickup with a stiffer set of springs, like the ones Epiphone use.
    I never put anything under the pickup to force it to be tilted.
    IMO that negatively effects the pickup's sound.
    Then when mounting the pickup it may be necessary to shape the pickups hole in the pickguard to accommodate the tilt.
    (lightly scraping the tilt angle with a razor blade knife on the back side).
    I know its a hassle but once its done, its optimal !
    As shown in DrBGoods pic !
     
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