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greg1948
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Oct 15th, 2019 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a used Alternate Universe Tele a few months ago. It has 3 p/u's: bridge HB, a bridge SC in the middle and a SC neck. The middle p/u had staggered pole pieces. I didn't notice right away, but the other night at a jam, I noticed that the volume of the 4-5th strings was way more than the other strings. Tried lowering the poles by pushing down, no dice. So I got my dremel tool and took off enough to bring the poles down to just a tiny bit higher than the others. IT WORKED! Now the volume across all the strings is pretty even. A bit messy with the metal shavings, but overall a pretty simple fix.

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Oct 15th, 2019 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Grinding the magnet tops is nutty! But it works ;o)

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Oct 16th, 2019 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

“Nutty”

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FDP

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greg1948
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Oct 17th, 2019 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found several suggestions for leveling out the pole pieces online. Some said that the poles were in plastic tubes within the pickup and could be pushed down. Didn't work for this pickup, so I went with the Dremel tool idea.

What I don't understand is why the poles on the 4th & 5th strings were set so high to begin with. Most guitars I've had have had them set evenly across the pickup.

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 08:00 AM, Oct 17th, 2019)

Leftee
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Oct 17th, 2019 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll use a small hammer and a piece of wooden dowel and tap them up or down.

I even did a set of Fat ‘50s where the wire is up against the pole pieces - and it was the end pole piece that I tapped up higher. I gambled and won on that set. I didn’t wreck ‘em. If I had, plan B was a set of Rumpelstiltskins. 😎

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Oct 17th, 2019 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

On plastic bobbin pups, I use pliers to press the poles up or down. This is done with the pickup our of the guitar.

If you press or bang on them when they’re in place in the guitar, you will possibly strip out the mounting screw holes.

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Oct 17th, 2019 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ True

In my example the PG was off the guitar because I needed to raise poles.

gdw3

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Oct 17th, 2019 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Seems like you're also risking the bottom of the pickup to get tweaked and stick out if you're just banging on it, no?

Interesting solution. The one thing I woulda done would be to put double-stick tape around the pickups so the tiny metal shavings wouldn't stick to them.

I have this one pickup, called a GFS Mean 180. It's supposed to be like a P-90, but as a humbucker. It's not bad for a cheap pickup. But the one think I LOVE about it is that both sets of poles are screws! Especially on the neck position, this can be very useful in tweaking not only the output of each string, but also the tone, depending on which of the 2 per string that you tweak. I always wonder why more pickup makers don't do that.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 01:45 PM, Oct 17th, 2019)

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Oct 17th, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

With hammers come risks. 😜

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Oct 17th, 2019 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Both shock and high temperatures can demagnetize permanent magnets, and low-coercivity materials like AlNiCo are particularly vulnerable.

High temperature you can get by power sawing or grinding, shock you can get by hitting with a hammer. If you do either of these things and it works, consider yourself lucky.

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Oct 17th, 2019 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ True

But I was secretly cheering on my plan B.

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Oct 23rd, 2019 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Could you not lower the pup on that side with the adjustment screw?

(This message was last edited by rfrakes331K at 09:27 PM, Oct 24th, 2019)

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