Fender Stratocaster Player Series Pickup Height

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  1. luismidife

    luismidife New Member!

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    Hi Guys!

    Hope you are all well.

    I recently bought a Stratocaster Player Series S-S-S and I was wondering:

    What is the correct measurement for the pickups heght by holding the last fret bass side and treble side and the measure the height from the pole piece to string.

    What should I Do?
     
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  2. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    There is no correct measurement! This isn’t a rule, but typically the treble side of the pickup is closer to the string than the bass side. I believe this is to level out the volume output.

    I like to set my pickups 8/64” on bass side and 6/64” on treble side. I’m not sure what that is in mms. I’m know someone else can probably tell you. I like my pickups low, but you may like them higher. Play with them, and if you get some weird noises (stratitis) lower them until it goes away. Good luck!
     
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  3. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Just bought one myself and I just went by ear until it sounded the way I liked.
     
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    The_Whale New Member!

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    Take your time.

    The hardest pickup to get optimal is the bridge.

    Keep a phillips head screw driver on top of your amp and don't be afraid of turning screws here and there as you play.

    even a quarter turn can make a difference.
     
  5. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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  6. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    It totally depends on what sounds good to you. Higher means harsher, lower means mellower. If you go too high the magnetic pull on the strings creates weird overtones and sometimes tuning issues. If you go too low the screws come out of the pickup and you may need to remove the pickguard to get it lined up again. Anywhere in between is a matter of taste.

    My starting point is to put the neck pickup almost flush with the pickguard, then adjust the middle until the volume is the same. Then adjust the bridge until volume is the same. But that's not the only way, obviously.
     
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  7. Belltonenblues84

    Belltonenblues84 Strat-Talker

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    To me it all depends on your ears and what you like, pickup height is completely individual.
     
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    Google factory specs and set them up that way. Google how things change when you lower/raise them.
    Play on factory specs until something bothers you. Then adjust as you see fit.
     
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    This^^^^