It occurred to me that for all the tweaking guitarists do with their tone — rolling tone controls up and down on both their guitars and amps — very few ever touch the pickups. Most guitarists I know don’t even look at the pickups and wouldn’t know if they were out of alignment even if they did.
I have always been aware of pickup adjustments utilising the main height adjustment screws but have always had problems with the individual tonality of individual strings. This article was a great boon to me; I adjusted all my humbuckers and P90's according to the manufacturers suggestions as shown in the article and the result was stupendous: I am finally getting close to the 'Tone' I have been searching for.
Thanks for a great article, Very Interesting Mr Bond
You seemed to cover all the bases (no pun intended) and it made good reading, But I was disappointed that you didn't cover pick-ups on 12 string guitars, so if I can just add my 2 cents. Thank you
I am predominately a 12 string guitarist, doing solo, finger-picky stuff. and have been for over 40 years, and in that time I have tried almost every type of 'in-hole' pick-up there is. Unfortunately I have always had the problem that no matter what pick-up is used, adjustable poles; Bar magnets; active; Passive; Piezo etc etc, the octave 'G' string is always louder than all the other strings. Even using a compressor doesn't help.
Over the years, I have spent shed-loads of cash trying to overcome this problem with no success, until I tried the 'Pure Mini transducer system' manufactured by K&K Pick-ups.
This is a passive transducer system that fits inside the guitar body incorporating 3 small transducer pick-ups glued beneath the bridge and gives a balanced sound over all the strings (octave G included) and I found this to be the answer to my prayers, so much so I fitted this system to all my 12 string guitars and now Im a Happy Chappy. and an octave 'G' that behaves.
So for me, in-hole Pick-ups on a 12 string is a no-no, Transducers all the way.