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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Have you adjusted teh screws on your Filtron pickups ?

windmill
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Apr 5th, 2017 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello Gretschy people

Have you ever adjusted the screws on the top of your filtron pickups in order to balance the string response ?

There are 2 rows of screws on each pick up.

If nothing else, I was thinking about lining all the slots up in the same direction, I'm a bit OCD about things like that :)

Thanks

(This message was last edited by windmill at 06:53 AM, Apr 5th, 2017)

Cal-Woody

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Apr 5th, 2017 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the general idea is that the screws act as a type of magnetic exciter. The more you back them out of the pickup, the less magnetic of a attraction it has with the coil.
So, when the pickup is lowered and the screws are backed out, the brighter they become. This will give you more of a twang orjjangle that people refer to. The more you raise the pickup, the greater the magnetic resonance is created and becoming stronger and more volume is made.
A lot of people raise the pickups and find the balance between the two pickups, then fine tune the strings balance by raising or lowering the screws from that point. So, you may see that the bass side screws might be a little higher and the treble side screws might be a little lower to obtain more magnetic pull to balance out the pickups attraction to the strings. It doesn't hurt to experiment a little and find the most pleasing sound from your pickups.
I hope this makes some sense as to how the screws and the magnetic coils react together.
Best regards, Woody

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Apr 5th, 2017 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Cal-Woody

But do you line up the slots in the head of the screws ?

:)

Cal-Woody

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Apr 5th, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess that if you were to then I would line them up so that the screw head slots going across the body giving you the best magnetic field, otherwise, the screw slots would possibly create a slight loss of magnetic field if lined up with the strings. It would be very minor if any type of loss, but the magnetic attraction would be more balanced that way.
Best regards, Woody

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Apr 5th, 2017 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The screw slots' orientation has been the subject of much discussion over the years--in a manner similar to the whole Stratocaster vibrato springs' orientation argument.

With both subjects, there is no science to back up claims of what scheme works better than other schemes.

For the screw heads, some players set them up like this:

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Years back, a famous tech at the Gibson factory started setting up the screws at opposing 90-degree angles, like this:

[Note: back slashes don't display! Crap! See pic below]

and some players assumed there was a practical reason for it. It caught on in certain corners of the Gibsonfreaks world. Some will claim it is based on science.

There is no practical reason for it; it's strictly aesthetics.

Set up a Strat's springs a certain way, or a pickup's screw slots a certain way, and no player in the world will be able to reliably discern the difference by playing and listening (and not looking).

When it comes to music, we humans are goofy creatures; we rely too much on our eyeballs to inform us on what sounds good.

alternating screws on a humbucker

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:41 PM, Apr 5th, 2017)

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Apr 5th, 2017 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Setting screw height is a whole 'nuther thing: it does affect the tone--and sometimes a very small adjustment can have a dramatic effect on the sound (good or bad).

One little-known trick to making a dark humbucker brighten up nicely is to remove the non-adjustable steel slugs from their bobbin. It does reduce the pickup's power a little, but the tonal advantages gained by doing so usually outweigh any perceptible loss of power. If you want to try this, make dang sure the coil is not wrapped directly on the slugs. If it is, you'll probably kill the pickup.

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