Pickups

How High the Retrotron?

1

I have some GFS Retrotron Nashville pickups in my 5120. How close to the string should they be for the best sound? Right now they are about 1/4 of an inch away from the strings.

2

I like to get pickups as close to the strings as possible without distorting. I get them just at the beginning of distortion and then back them off a little bit. That's where the sweet spot is on most pickups.

3

I think those retrotrons can be put a bit closer than 1/4". Try 1/8th. Experiment untill you find the sweet spot. Adjust the neck pickup so that it's a bit less loud than the bridge pickup.

4

Thanks for the replies. I had to take out the springs to get the bridge pickup any higher, but I did and I like how it sounds.


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