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Setting Bass Pickup Height


You can set the height of your bass pickups by tightening or loosening the screws around the outside of the pickup.

Some brands of basses put foam underneath to push the pickups upward. If the foam is breaking down, you can put some springs under the pickup on the shaft of the screws to push them up instead.

Keep in mind you can set the pickups at an angle. They don’t have to be level. If you want more output from the treble side, raise that side of the pickup.

On some basses you can raise or lower the pole pieces individually. The pole pieces are the round, magnetic poles under the strings. On some pickups they are exposed; on others they are covered.

If you've followed all the bass setup tutorials, you should be done! If you change types of strings or the weather changes dramatically, you might have to do it all over again.

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