If you're a guitarist who likes to do your own electric guitar setup, then you're in for a real treat. In this article, a collection of renowned luthiers/builders from some incredible electric guitar companies (Novax, Blindworm, Rickenbacker and more) each offer an insightful tip on how to set up electric guitars—covering topics like neck relief, nut and string height, pickup proximity to strings and overall playability. Let's dive in.
How to Set Up an Electric Guitar: Tips from Luthiers
Phil Sylvester | Website
The one setup secret built into my guitars is that I have no idea what the height is between the pickup poles and the strings. The reason is that I always set height by ear. I listen for the sweet spot where the sound has the most body and clarity, with none of the distortion, wolf tones, and muddiness that come from setting the pickups too close to the strings. With humbuckers the problem can be the coil height rather than the pole piece height. Once ideal height has been established for each pickup, I then start fiddling with string to string balance, output balance, and combined tone for the two pickups. [Read More]