How much space should be between pickups and strings?

Start by setting all of your guitar pickups to 3/32” (0.093”, 2.38mm) on the bass side and 2/32” (1/16”, 0.0625”, 1.98mm) on the treble side. Remember, this is the space between the top of the pole piece and the bottom of the string, held down at the last fret.

What is Gibson spacing?

When measured from center to center of the two outside (E) strings, a standard Gibson style pole spacing is right around 50 millimeters. A standard Fender style pole spacing is between 52 and 53 millimeters, depending on the pickup.

Are Gibson pickups F spaced?

For background, dual-coil guitar humbuckers, invented by Gibson in the 1950s, come in two widths in modern times: “G” spaced (historic “Gibson” dimensions), with a 50mm span between the E string poles; and “F” spaced (historic dimensions for Fender guitars), with a slightly wider 53mm span.

Are my pickups too close to the strings?

As a starting point/rule-of-thumb sort of thing, though, I’d advise the following: Don’t set humbuckers closer than 4/64” (1.6mm) Don’t set Fender-type pickups closer than 6/64” (2.4mm) Don’t set P-Bass closer than 6/64”(2.4mm) and J-Bass closer than 5/64” (2mm)

What is standard pickup spacing?

A pickup with Fender spacing will measure between 52 and 53 millimeters, depending on the pickup. A standard Lollar Imperial humbucker has a pole spacing of about 50mm. Question 1: How wide is the Fender pole spacing and how wide is the Gibson pole spacing on the Lollar Imperial humbuckers?

What does F spaced pickups mean?

A: F-spacing refers to the widest spacings on full-sized humbucking pickups. For correct string alignment and a balanced output, F-spaced humbuckers should be used in the bridge position on guitars with string spacing at the bridge of 2.1″ or 53mm (or greater).

Do Les Pauls need f spaced pickups?

Although some players believe that F-spaced pickups are only for the bridge position of tremolo bridge guitars, many guitars with fixed bridges (including late 1990s Gibson Les Pauls, Epiphones and other import T-O-M guitars) should have F-spaced pickups in the bridge position.

What happens if your pickups are too low?

Setting Pickup Height Too Low: Setting your pickup height too low would cause your pickup not to be optimized for your guitar. Your magnetic field “floats” above the pickup, and if your strings are out of the field, you won’t get a rich, full tone.

What do you think of the Gibson Classic 57 pickups?

For what it’s worth, Classic ’57s are the stock pickups on my Gibson Custom Shop Larry Carlton ES335. Same pickups, and my Yamaha is just slightly darker sounding… but in a very good way. Maybe fuller is a better adjective. Clearly the wood matters, too. I mentioned the pricey Throbaks earlier… no hands-on with those, just the demo videos.

What is a Gibson Classic Plus pickup?

The Classic Plus is an aftermarket pickup and I don’t know of any Gibson that has ever had then installed stock from the factory. I never tried the Plus as I’m happy with the Classics thenselves. I would say the description that you give pennylink is accurate. I have them in a Les Paul in others I’ve had before.

What is the difference between a Gibson classic + and classic?

The Classic measures 8.17K ohms – The Gibson product page says these are 7.5 K-ohms. The Classic + measures 8.05K ohms – The Gibson product page says these are 8.3 K-ohms. What do you suppose I have here? I would expect the + to have a higher resistance.

Are Gibson Classic pickups brighter than throbaks?

I have the Classic in the neck and the Plus in the bridge on both guitars. I would say they are brighter than, say, Throbaks, but sound milder than the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates I have on a Greco LPC. They are similar to the stock pickups (480/485s I believe…) on my 1985 Gibson Les Paul Standard… and some characterize those as bright.