Why did my LP come with the bridge pick up mounted so high?

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  1. gnvair

    gnvair Member

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    I have noticed that the bridge pick up along with the bridge and the stop bar tail piece are mounted really high up. Looking at a lot of older LP's I noticed the bridge pick up is usually flush with the plastic ring.
    Why is this?
    I noticed my string action is a little high and would like to lower it a tad.
    I have been researching and found that wrapping the strings over the stop bar will allow me to lower the bridge and the stop bar.
    Would this be beneficial?
     

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  2. Tanner

    Tanner Senior Member

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    Not like that's adjustable or anything, man
     
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  3. gnvair

    gnvair Member

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    Please explain what you mean.
     
  4. AngryHatter

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    The "setup" from the factory is very generic, if at all.
    So move it flush, if that is what you like.
    Listen to it before you start fiddling with pickup height etc.

    As to the action, just lower it. If there is buzzing, then you'll contend with that issue when it arises.
    I don't top wrap, but that is just me.
    (Actually the PRS is top wrapped, I guess - one piece tail/bridge)
     
  5. ehamady6

    ehamady6 Senior Member

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    Not sure why it came that way. Just adjust it to your liking and play on.
     
  6. diceman

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    Lower your pickup by adjusting the two screws in the middle of each side of the ring.

    Don't dick with topwrapping until you're a bit more familiar with setups, etc.

    A pro setup is a good idea at this point.
     
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  7. gnvair

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    thanks guys!
     
  8. Obsequio

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    most of us like to tinker around with our own guitars around here, though I must admit that bridge pickup is unusually high. Did it come in an unopened box? Gibson has certain specs that each guitar leaves the factory with and that's not it. Their specs though aren't meant to be kept, you can adjust it and it is often advised to adjust it. I was just tinker around with my neck pickup it was really bass'y now its right at the sweet spot. I don't find the tailpiece too high as it comes from the factory, but you will see many Les Paul legends slam it down to the bottom. Maybe I'll get to that point, but I am just not there yet. Alright, I'm going off to tinker with the bridge pickup. I'll lower it about 4mm and play with the pole piece to find their sweet spots. My advice is to keep the pole piece high on the g string...
     
  9. AngryHatter

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    That IS a pro setup.
    Height is a relative thing.
     
  10. brokenarrow5

    brokenarrow5 Senior Member

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    the way gibson does quality control nowadays---- you are lucky it had a bridge pick up at all---- :applause:
     
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  11. River

    River Senior Member

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    Aretha and my kittehs ask that you back up your bullshit statement with something other than your flapping yap.

    Ain't gonna happen, is it? :hmm:
     
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  12. brokenarrow5

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    if you knew all of the issues i have had with a recently purchased Firebird you would shut the hell up for once! Maybe it is you that needs to shut the hell up and stop flappin your yap-- i didn't make that statement about gibson quality for nothing--- i own a ton of gibson's and it is my main brand of guitar, but man---
    how some of those guitars leave the factory is beyond me--
     
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  13. AngryHatter

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    You are right, it IS beyond you.
     
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  14. GibsonMarshallGuy

    GibsonMarshallGuy Senior Member

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    You can't buy a gibson guitar straight from their factory, you got to buy it from a dealer. This shit about, "omg I can't believe Gibson sent my guitar with my pickup to high", is bullshit. If it sits in a store or warehouse anything can happen to the guitar before its sent to the customer. That goes for dents and shitty setups too.

    I'm just saying a lot of the "QC" complaints I see on this forum can be blamed on the dealer, not Gibson. This, IMO, is another scenario where it's impossible to tell where the shitty setup originated from.
     
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  15. River

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    Not bloody likely.
     
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    What's that do???
     
  18. WhippingPost

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    You mean some static and a pot that's not quite right on a previously returned guitar?
     
  19. RichBrew

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    Why don't you enlighten us all?

    RichBrew
     
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  20. geddyleefan

    geddyleefan Senior Member

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    Why is everybody piss and vinegar over height adjustments ? Geez we all play differently, just learn to set it up the way you like it and GET ON WITH IT !
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