Adjusting Pickup Height
The pickups on your Jayemar guitar or bass have been adjusted for optimal tone and volume based on the original setup action. If you raise or lower your action, you may need to adjust the height of your pickups. Also, you may find that you want to subtly change the tone of your instrument, which can be done by raising or lowering the pickups. Follow these instructions to adjust pickup height. As always, if you are not comfortable making adjustments yourself, reach out to Jason for an appointment in the Portland Metro area, or recommendations for a guitar tech in your neighborhood.
2. The pickups on your Jayemar instrument are "hard mounted," meaning the mounting screws attach directly to the guitar body. Turning clockwise will drive the screws further into the body, lowering the pickup. Turning counterclockwise will raise the pickup. When adjusting pickup height, it is suggested that you turn 1/2 turn, then check the string clearance in step 3 before adjusting more.
3. Press down the outside strings at the highest fret and use a ruler to measure the clearance between the string and pickup. A good average distance is 2.5mm between the string and neck pickup, and 2mm between the string and bridge pickup. Be sure to do this measurement for the low string and the high string.
If you are adjusting pickup height for tone reasons, raising a pickup closer to the strings results in a stronger, more aggressive signal with increased midrange; lowering the pickups will reduce output, giving a cleaner sound and more treble.