Category Archives: Guitars and Bass

When Your Pickup Height is Just Not Right

I was recently doing some recording with my stratocaster and was not getting good results. I was tweaking an amplifier at this time but after trying another guitar I found that my strat was just not sounding good.

I also have a Les Paul which is a VERY loud guitar. When playing the strat and Les Paul back to back I found the strat was almost louder than the Les Paul but not sounding very good. The strat is actually a guitar I put together from parts but they were all good stuff. It has a mahogany body and maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The volume comparison with the Les Paul is what pointed me in the correct direction to improve the start’s tone. I had the pickups too high. You can get a good amount of output with the pickups close to the stings but the tone suffers. It sounded muddy and cheap. Pickup height is also hard to judge because all pickups are different. You can’t just look at the distance on another guitar and copy it. It really comes down to experimenting and using your ear.

Build Your Own Bass Guitar

Amazon has the Saga PB-10 P Style Electric Bass Kit for $178.43 with free shipping.

The kit includes:

  • Includes all parts and instructions necessary to build a complete, playable bass.
  • Solid select Maple neck with a fretted Rosewood fingerboard, body made of all-select Basswood, headstock is a blank peghead shape with tuning machine holes pre-drilled
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • All hardware is heavily nickel plated
  • Electronic parts are mounted to the pickguard and ready for installation
  • Complete with strings and electric cord; available in right-handed versions only
  • Solid select Maple neck with a fretted Rosewood fingerboard, body made of all-select Basswood
  • Headstock is a blank peghead shape with tuning machine holes pre-drilled

It’s all there and you get the satisfaction of building your own instrument. What could be better!?

Buy the Saga PB-10 P Style Electric Bass Kit

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