Help With 57/08 Pickups Now Installed

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  1. sixstringoverdrive

    sixstringoverdrive New Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I installed a set of 57/08 pickups into my PRS McCarty (2005). I love the sound of these, but am finding something I need help with. With a fresh set of Elixir Optiweb strings, if I hit the bass string too hard it sounds like either string buzz or distortion is coming through the amp. It especially happens with the neck pickup.

    I did adjust down the pickups and the neck is almost flush with body. This did not help.
    I turned down the volume - this did not help.

    Is it possible the neck pickup has an issue?
    Or, is it possible the pickups are just much more sensitive than the previous McCarty pickups and are actually bringing through some string buzz/new string buzz?
    I'm playing through a Delta Blues 2x10 EL84 tube amp. Maybe a tube is the problem?

    If I hit the string normally or lightly, I don't really hear it as much.

    Appreciate any help!
     
  2. pac90

    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    Sometimes what you describe can be the pickup screw springs resonating, can put foam block under pickup to check. Its happened to me...

    Otherwise, you should be able to see if the guitar string is buzzing somewhere
     
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  3. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    When you say it "especially happens" with the neck pickup--is it only happening with the neck pickup, or will it happen with the bridge, too? To test this, try moving the bridge pickup up closer to the strings on the bass side and give the low-E a good whack. If it's happening on that bridge pickup, too... then it's probably not the guitar or pickups. At that point, it would likely be something with the amp (more specifically, the speaker(s)).
     
  4. sixstringoverdrive

    sixstringoverdrive New Member

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    It does happen on the bridge pickup, but I have to really hit the string and make it go crazy. It's more pronounced on the bass pickup.
     
  5. sixstringoverdrive

    sixstringoverdrive New Member

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    I will try this when I get home. I installed the pickups a week ago and then yesterday replaced the pickup rings. I don't remember this happening before the new pickup rings, but honestly, if you play with any overdrive you don't even hear this. I pulled the cable from the pickups through the guitar all the way so before there was a bunch of cable under the pickup.
     
  6. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    It may be the magnetic pull of the slug or the screw coil interfering with the oscillation of the string at the neck pickup, as that’s where the string moves the most. Hence it not being as pronounced at the neck (less string movement).

    Try lowering the bass side of the neck pickup, that may alleviate your issues.

    I’m only saying maybe.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. sixstringoverdrive

    sixstringoverdrive New Member

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    Thoughts on the audio clip?
     
  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Sounds similar to an issue I had which was similar. Lowering the pickups on the bass side balanced things up and stopped the issue.
     
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  10. bodia

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

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    Concur!
     

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