Humbuckers: F spacing ??

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  1. ES330

    ES330 Supporting Member

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    I'm about to order a Humbucker for my Fender bridge.
    Wondering if anyone has any opinions on standard spacing 50mm
    vs F spacing 53mm ??

    thanks in advance
     
  2. GAD

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    It doesn't hurt anything. IMO, it doesn't help anything either. It does look nicer if you're anal about the strings lining up with the poles. Honestly though, I never cared.
     
  3. paulscape

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    If the pickup is quite hot it won't make much difference but with a lower output pup you might notice a lack of definition and tightness on the low and high e strings.
     
  4. gtraddict

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    There will be differences like paulscape said, also if like tweaking the polepieces a bit(i will raise the E A D string a bit) it will throw it off
     
  5. GAD

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    Check this out. http://www.moore.org.au/pick/06/06_gobd.htm

    Look at the magnetic fields in the diagrams. I have a seriously hard time believing that a few millimeters will mater. What happens when you bend a string?

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    When I think about this stuff, I try to think of my favorite guitar tone of all time - Eddie Van Halen on Van Halen 1. He screwed a PAF into the wood of his guitar at an angle. No science, no over thinking - angled for more treble, screw it in, let's rock.

    I'm sure there is a difference - even measurable. It's all Internet hyperbole when the drummer kicks in.
     
  6. shane88

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    i'd be more concerned about the mounting holes and bolts lining up so yep i'd get the F spaced
     
  7. EADGBE

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    I'd get the F spaced for a Fender or a Floyd Rose bridge. More even response.
     
  8. delron22

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    Definately go F spaced or 53mm
     
  9. Marble

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    Standard spacing works just as well as GAD pointed out
     
  10. EADGBE

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    Not when it comes to adjusting the pole pieces. And there can be a volume drop when bending the treble strings as they go farther away from the pole pieces.
     
  11. jerrydog

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    I LOVE this statement.
     
  12. rob2001

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    This supports my findings from many pickup swaps. I came to the conclusion F spacing was a term created by pickup builders to sell pickups when guys started slapping buckers in strats. YMMV
     
  13. gulliver

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    That's actually a diagram of my hair on a Sunday morning. :p

    Having the E strings over the outer sides of the last screws isn't all that bad ... when you bend, you're bending inwards, and never missing the poles.
     
  14. larimar

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    Def' something to consider.
     
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    The only thing I'd be sure to ask for is shorter legs. The rest is semantics.
     
  16. Honk

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    I think it depends how sensitive you and your amp are. I notice a weak high E with the wrong spacing. A drummer doesn't appear and make a racket every time I pick up my guitar, but then I have a good security system.

    May as well get the right spacing for the job. Certainly won't do any harm.
     
  17. LarryOM

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    I believe the mounting holes are spaced the same on standard spaced and F-spaced.
    http://www.dimarzio.com/sites/default/files/diagrams/DMHBdim.pdf

    I tend to put F-Spaced pickups in the bridge position, and standard spaced in the neck position, partly for aesthetic reasons. But the standard spaced in the neck position is also because when you bend a string it ends ends up closer to one of the poles, even when it's exactly halfway between 2 poles. I'm sure I couldn't hear a difference anyway, though.
     
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    Every one I've tried has been the same, just note that Duncan makes the actual coils longer where Dimarzio makes them the same and just extends the screws. Some of the Duncan's I've tried really needed to be jammed in the cut out, with the tape hitting the sides.
     

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