How high should my EMG pickups be?

Which pickups go in the neck and bridge positions? Traditionally, guitar players have put the 85 or 60 in the neck position, and the 81 in the bridge. However, many prefer the pickups swapped in the other positions. Most all EMGs are not position specific and we recommend experimenting to find your tone.

How high should pickups be on a Stratocaster?

What should be the determining factor for your guitar’s pickup height is what sounds preferable to your playing style. 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.

Does pickup height matter with active pickups?

Active pickups still use magnets and coils just like other pickups, so all of the points you have read elsewhere about pickup height will also equally apply to active pickups. The best advice is just to go ahead and try out some changes until you get a feel for a sound you like.

How do I know if my guitar pickups are too high?

Setting your pickup height too high will cause your magnets to push and pull your strings out of tune. Here’s a quick way to tell if this is happening to you: play the Low E string at a high fret (15th fret is a good one to start at). You might hear a “warbling” sound. That sound is your magnet fighting your string.

What is the proper pickup height?

We recommend between somewhere close to 5/64″ on the bridge pickup, and about 4/64″ on the neck. Keep in mind, these are measurements on the Low-E side. On the High-E, we might suggest you move it just a tad closer (say 1/64″ on each pickup). Adjusting height is easy.

What’s the difference between EMG 60 and DiMarzio 60?

Different pickups generate different magnetic pulls. This has to do with pole spacing as well as other factors such as signal strength. An EMG 60 pickup generates a lot less magnetic pull than a DiMarzio X2N. This is because, among other things, the EMG is an active pickup and is encased, while the DiMarzio is a passive pickup with bare poles.

How to adjust pickup height on a Stratocaster?

How To Adjust (Set) Pickup Height on a Stratocaster for ULTIMATE STRAT TONE! I recently received an email from one of my pickup affectionados in Germany asking a question that I realized is of ULTIMATE importance in Strat tone: “what is the best distance from the pickup to the strings for the best results?”

Where to put EMG pickups on a guitar?

With EMGs, you can go very close to the strings, as they have much less magnetic pull than passive pickups, and they won’t affect your sustain or take your notes off key. not who you think… yep put them at a height where you find they hit that certain tone that you like.

Why are the pickups on an EMG so low?

The style of build on an EMG is low magnet strength and a high quality pre amp, hence the batteries. Because of the low power magnet you can set the pickups much closer to the strings than you can on a conventional pickup.