I'm putting together a Tele from parts, and clearly I need to do some re-jiggering of the geometry of the strings relative to the pickup as my next step. This picture is just where I'm at with parts slapped in. http://flic.kr/p/r5yp6e The pickup won't go any farther to the right because its right leg is already against the side of the rout. I can file down the leg's flange or widen the rout and everything will square up, and I can further adjust the pickup ring to do the same. The strings are centered on the board just fine, so I'd rather attack the problem this way. My question: does this much misalignment over the poles account for the weaker sounding high E? The pickup overall is at the perfect height, and raising the E polepiece doesn't help. I'm pretty sure it's not a saddle issue. I'll get my answer when I adjust the pickup over, but I was sort of curious about your collective understanding of how much alignment is necessary. This is a fairly strong humbucker-sized P90 btw. Each upstroke propels the high string away from that polepiece, exacerbating the problem? Or does a plucked string oscillate around the same midpoint ultimately, no matter which way it's struck? I'm always so grateful to you guys for putting up with my goofy-ass questions. I was just on another board where the de facto alpha chemist tore a poster a new one for his bad grammar.