String spacing on SGs - 50mm or 53mm?

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  1. Dave_Death

    Dave_Death Well-Known Member

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    I have three guitars with TonePros pre-notched Nashville style bridges in them, an Epiphone Explorer, an SG Special Faded, and an SG Standard. All three have Bare Knuckle pickups with the 50mm pole-piece spacing on the bridge pickup, long legs.

    I have just ordered a BKP Miracle Man bridge pickup to replace the BKP Cold Sweat bridge pickup in my SG Standard, and this time I have ordered it with 53mm spacing as the 50mm pickups all seem to be spaced narrow relative to the strings on the guitars I have

    Has anyone else had this issue? Don't take it for granted that your Gibson or Epiphone has a 50mm spacing like you've been told, especially if it has a TonePros bridge. Thankfully my pickups are all high-output models so it doesn't seem to make much impact soundwise
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    All mine have stock Nashville bridges with stock 490T.

    2003 Special Faded - 51mm
    2003 Special Faded - 52mm
    2004 Special Ebony - 51.5mm

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  3. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I also have a G&L ASAT Deluxe II Korina with Tone Pros Nashville bridge.
    String spacing is 51mm.
    It has a stock Duncan TB-4 (F-spaced 53mm)
    Note how the strings line up over the pole pieces fairly well.

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    ^ That's a lot better than they line up over mine
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed a lot of variance on how well strings line up over pole pieces with different pickups and bridges. Guess it depends on how the bridge was notched and how different pickups are assembled.

    It's a good thing the magnetic field is strong enough between pole pieces to pick up string vibrations during string bends.
     
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    In my case it is. I would be concerned if I was using those Alnico III jazz type pickups though
     
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    12 pole pieces... :hmm:

    Mine have 22 :naughty:
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    Not mine, mine are the covered model.

    Go ahead, try to line that ish up! :rofl::cheers:
     

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