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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best PU height for CS 69's??

I read the Fender Custom shop 69 pickups are very low output, should I set them close or far from the strings to get the best possible sound out of them??

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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend just below the level where you can distinguish "string pull".
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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would recommend just below the level where you can distinguish "string pull".
That would be fairly high??
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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Fender website will have spec's on height adjustment. Poke around you'll find it.

Typically with vintage type PUP's, a good rule of thumb is low to the PG.

I start my setup with neck PUP maybe a 1/16" or 1/8" above the PG on the low E side. Then I fret at the 17th and set the Middle and Bridge to match the distance from the string to each pole piece. Now all 3 are identical height on the low E side.

I take the low E measurement and move the high E side a 1/32 closer to the strings on each PUP's polepiece. That's my starting point for making the fine adjustments by ear.

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Old July 30th, 2010, 07:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Typically with vintage type PUP's, a good rule of thumb is low to the PG.
Oh ya !

I have mine about at the pg on the E side and about 1/8 up on the e side.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 11:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the responses guys, I raised my pickups a bit after reading all these. And that gilmourish website is awesome!
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Old September 6th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You also want to have alnico 5 pickups (like CS69) slightly closer to the strings than alnico 2, which has a higher output.

A5 is stronger than A2
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Old September 10th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There is no "correct height", only personal preference. End of discussion.
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thanks for taking care of that for us.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd go with what Fender has spec'd out on their website. For vintage spec'd single coils - 6/54 away from string on bass side and 5/64 on treble.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Bill Lawrence told me over the phone one day to use Nickles as gauges. Start out using a single Nickle on the treble side and two nickles glued together to adjust the bass side on your bridge PU. This gives you a starting point to adjust up or down to taste. My Strat was set up by Mike Lull when I had the neck PLEK'ed and the bridge PU is approximate to the Nickle gauges. The neck PU is almost on the deck and the middle PU is right in between. Hope this helps.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I used the nickles as a gauge for a while but I'm back to using a ruler and the fender method (5/64 bass 4/64 treble) then adjusting to taste from there and am getting the best results I ever have from all my strats.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 07:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use my eyes lol, never used a ruler or gauge on string height in my life lol, I just set them to what sounds best, and normally get it after one or two adjustments, the low E side is always a little lower on my setups, especially with my CS69s, as the High E & B strings have lower pole pieces, I think the CS69s sounds better a little closer to the strings than other pickups, i thought they would sound better lower, but mine came alive when i raised them some, I always have each pickup around about the same distance from the stings, I do it by ear, so each pickup is the same volume on 10, some like the bridge louder though, for lead boosts, personal taste, some wil have a lead boost pedal to do this
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 02:48 AM   #14 (permalink)
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There is no "correct height", only personal preference. End of discussion.
We can't discount the 'wolf tones' and other anomalies from having the pickups too close to the strings. It is very real.
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