Master Luthier Jim DeCola teachs you how to adjust pickup height for maximum tone.
| February 2, 2024 |

How to Adjust the Height of Your Guitar Pickups

Learn how to get the best tone from your guitar by balancing the pickups

Before you rush to swap out your electric guitar’s pickups for a replacement set, it’s worth experimenting with how much tone-shaping mileage you can get from making basic height adjustments to your existing pickups and their individual pole-pieces.

In this episode of “Gibson’s Guide to Guitar Setup and Maintenance,” Gibson Master Luthier Jim DeCola demonstrates the correct way to adjust the height of your pickups, using simple tools—and your ears!—to get the best results.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Jim will give you pro tips on pickup height adjustment that can lead to a noticeable difference in the sound of your guitar. Having your pickups set to the correct height will optimize the output and tone of your guitar while providing a more expressive playing experience.

Still not satisfied with your tone? Explore the Gibson Pickup Shop Collections and find the perfect combination for your guitar.
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