Did something WILD

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  1. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    ...adjusted the pole pieces on my neck humbuckers. I know, crazy, right???

    We always tell people to adjust their pole pieces first when they're not liking something about their pickups, and I was reminded this week of how true it is. I love the tone of most of my guitars enough that I don't want to swap their pickups, but sometimes the neck humbuckers can still be to wooly and bassy. I usually automatically adjust all humbucker pole pieces to roughly match the radius of the string arc, might deviate very slightly from that but not much.

    A few days ago, I thought, what the heck, why not get weird with them? So I grabbed my Akesson and a screwdriver, and adjusted the G, B, e string pole pieces on the neck humbucker up a healthy dose. Liked it. Did it on my S2 Semi. Liked it. Did it on... everything. Liked it. It just gets the low strings "out of the way" so I can actually play them with some gain, and still have articulation.

    Looks weird, sounds good. Adjust with your ears, not your eyes.
     
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  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Andy, you are a wild man!
     
  3. Alan Manning

    Alan Manning Well Love a Duck Mary Poppins.!!!

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    This is true but i don't have a screwdriver.
    I do have a trowel and a lump hammer ( probably overkill.) !!!;)
     
  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Don’t force it, use a bigger one!;)
     
  5. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Perfect for those "heavy metal" pickups.
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    It’s that ‘naughty dentist’ thing. ;)
     
  7. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    I adjust mine as follows: high and low E screwed in all the way, A and B 1/2 turn out, D and G a full turn. Seems to balance things and bring out the mids.
     
  8. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open-Ears / Zippered Lips

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    Set of salad tongs...go ahead and laugh...
     

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