C22B/C22J Pickup Height

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C22B/C22J Pickup Height

Postby miker42 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:32 am

I bought the C22B/C22J pickup combo and had a local tech install them into my Ibanez Semi Hollow Body. When playing clean, they distort going into the amp on the clean channel. If I roll the volume off, I have to roll the volume way off to clean up the output from the pickups. I haven't tried lowering them yet. What would be the optimum height for the C22B/C22J pickups?

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Re: C22B/C22J Pickup Height

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:20 pm

Adjust with your ears, not your eyes. :) :mrgreen: Recently on my CS6 with S22, I changed to a different brand of strings (likely a different alloy with slightly different magnetic properties) and the difference was so striking that I had to re-adjust the pickups to get "back" to where I was before.

Don't forget you have lots of individual poles you can adjust, too. :stir:

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Re: C22B/C22J Pickup Height

Postby UnexplodedCow » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:00 am

A "normal," baseline that I use for pickups is a nickel under the treble side, and 2 under the bass side, with the strings down on the last fret. If it clears, that should be a good start.

Higher output pickups can often overdrive a clean channel. I ran into that using some L500 pickups; way hotter than anything else I have (including M22SD), and caused overdrive. Dialing back the volume is a good place to start, and is often a good way to play, so volume/distortion can be controlled from the guitar. I do this with tone controls, too.

Alternatively, the gain on the clean channel (assuming the amp has it), can be dialed back a bit to compensate for the higher pickup output.

Lastly, the pickup height can be lowered, but that will change the response, and lowering often seems to make them sound thinner/brighter (from picking up less string vibration).
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Re: C22B/C22J Pickup Height

Postby miker42 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:07 am

The advice here is much appreciated. I did end up lowering them but I think I may have gone too far. Looks like I'll be spending some time tweaking. Now to find some spare change...

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Re: C22B/C22J Pickup Height

Postby kadhimj » Fri May 05, 2017 10:31 am

While fretting the last fret, I have both pickups about 4mm below the strings bass and treble side. Adjust to taste from there. They are pretty hot pickups wherever you set them.
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