Jazz bass pickup height adjustment

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by leftybill, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. leftybill

    leftybill Supporting Member

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    I am not a bassist and just picked up a Squire VM jazz. Could someone give me some guide lines for adjusting pickup height?
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  2. erokit

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    Other than not having the strings bouncing off the pups when fingering high on the neck, It's a matter of taste. I prefer a somewhat low height. My aim is to prevent the pre-amp from clipping, and use the master push the volume. However, if you're using an amp with a single volume knob, raise the pups to the highest level possible w/o the low E buzzing on it and then backoff some. Adjust the high string side a bit higher to even out the response. The bridge pup should be higher that the neck for the same reason of response.
     
  3. leftybill

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    Thanks, I will try this out.
     
  4. Jarrett

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    I prefer my neck side pickup to be lower and my bridge side pickup to be higher, but just a preference.
     
  5. mikesgig

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    Yes - all per taste and playing style. In general...LOW-a clearer more focused tone and no overloading when playing hard ...HIGH-louder more compressed sound subject to over load. An easy way to test - pan to 1 pickup and push down slowly on the E side of the pickup to gradually lower it as you play the E string. As a starting point the specs will be on the Fender site. And adjust the pickups last after string change and bridge and nut adjustments.
     

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