Baja Tele Pickup Height

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  1. ACP721

    ACP721 Supporting Member

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    I recently replaced my bridge on my Baja tele but I don't think I adjusted my pickups to the same height as before. It sounds sonically different which I don't think is 100% coming from the bridge swap.

    What pickup height measurements do you have for both the neck and bridge pickups assuming you are fretting on the last fret from bottom of the string to the top of the pickup?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. DGA

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    I just started with the Bill Lawrence nickel method and then adjusted to taste.
     
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    I just keep tweaking my pickups until my ears tell me the guitar sounds as good as it's going to get. A ruler knows nothing about tone!

    But I am surprised you replaced the Baja's bridge pickup...it's one of the better Tele bridge pickups I've heard. And my 50's Baja is one of the better sounding guitars I've played in 50 years in the game!
     
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    He said he replaced the bridge, not pickup.
     
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    :eek:...guess I should have had my glasses on when I read that post;).
     
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    Start here > Pressing the strings down against the last fret, adjust the pickup heights to 3/32" on the bass side, and 5/64" on the treble side. Tweak from there if needed. This is Fenders spec for both pickups.
     
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  7. bluesoul

    bluesoul Silver Supporting Member

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    Amen!
     
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  8. bluesoul

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    I do the same...it gets close and then play and adjust to where it works best!
     
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    To be fair to Bill, his "method" includes fine tuning with your ears. I just added it in case someone wasn't familiar with it and thought I adjusted mine based on a strict prescription.
     
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    bluesoul Silver Supporting Member

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    It is a good method that gets things close! It is fast and easy...make adjustments by ear from that starting point...yep! For many of us who have been playing for a long time, it is pretty well known, for someone who has not heard about it before...well, it is good thing that you posted it!
     
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    The Fender specs are a pretty good measure of where to start.
    Then adjust to taste. :cool:
     
  12. lamenlovinit

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    Height is totally based on what it sounds like for me. I personally don't swap pickups. But I know that with Fender style single coils, the lower they are, the more "low output vintage" they will sound. That lets me run the amps hotter without blowing everyone out of the room, so I get a vintage-ish guitar sound, and better breakup.

    Want more headroom? go the other way.

    Humbuckers are more touchy in my experience. I've lowered humbuckers to balance volume with its partner, but I've never done it to "sound better". There's a point where things don't sound as good. Again, just my experience.

    The above is based on starting out with a guitar with average pickups. I wouldn't buy a guitar I know I wouldn't be happy with out the door. So all the guitars I have bought have had average or better pickups.

    I totally get the concept of a project guitar, so I'm not hatin' on pickup swaps. I just don't have the time or inclination.
     
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  13. ACP721

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    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I tried the "nickel" method and it has gotten me a lot closer to where I was before. Now time to fine tune.
     

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