How are Humbucker pole spacing measured?

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How are Humbucker pole spacing measured?

In other words, if you measure from the center of the high E pole piece to the center of the Low E pole piece, a Gibson spaced pickup will measure right around 50 millimeters. A pickup with Fender spacing will measure between 52 and 53 millimeters, depending on the pickup.

What is standard humbucker spacing?

DiMarzio “Standard” humbuckers measure 1.90″ (48 mm) center-to-center from the first polepiece to the sixth. A Seymour Duncan standard humbucker string spacing measures just a touch wider, coming in at 1.930″ (49mm).

Are Trembuckers F spaced?

On standard humbuckers, the bobbins typically measure 2.695 inches, while “trembuckers” typically measure 2.780 inches. String spacing on a regular humbucker is usually two inches or less, while a Trembucker can accommodate spacing of two inches or larger.

How far should humbuckers be from the strings?

Gibson’s engineers recommend a 1.6-millimeter distance between the strings and the pickups for the bridge pickup, and 2.4 millimeters for the neck pickup. In the 1950s, it was 1.6-millimeters for both pickups, which may have reflected the lower-output, unpotted standard of the day.

How do you calculate string spacing?

The easy way to get this is take your total string spacing and divide it by one less than the amount of strings you have. So if you are measuring a 4-string bass, you would divide by 3. our bridge is a 4-string, with a 57mm total spacing, so our string-to-string spacing is 57mm/3, or about 19mm.

How do I measure string spacing?

String spacing is measured from the center of one string to the center of another string; this results in the actual spacing between the lower strings, which are thicker, being smaller than that between the higher strings, which are thinner.

Do you really need F-spaced pickups?

No. F Spaced/Trembucker pickups where designed for guitars with Fender-style string spacing and Floyd Rose-style string spacing. A guitar with a more traditional style bridge (ie Gibson style) can just use regular spaced pickups.

How do I know if I need a Trembucker?

If you’re not sure which spacing your particular guitar requires, simply measure from the centre of each of the E strings. If the spacing is two inches (50mm), you require a Humbucker. If the spacing is greater than two inches, you need a Trembucker.

Do you really need a Trembucker?

If the spacing is two inches (50mm), you require a Humbucker. If the spacing is greater than two inches, you need a Trembucker.

What is the difference between F spaced and regular pickups?

An F-spaced pickup has a wider spread than a “normal” or “Gibson spaced” pickup. At the bridge, this means you need the polepieces to be moved because otherwise they aren’t under the strings. Futher away from the bridge this matters less as the strings taper towards the nut.

Does pickup height affect tone?

Pickup height is a critical element of your guitar’s tone. Set too low, and your pickup is inefficient and weak. Set too high, and your pickup will cause all sorts of problems for you.

What should the string spacing be on a humbucker?

The rule of thumb is that if the string spacing is less than two inches or 50mm, a standard humbucker is the right choice. For string spacings larger than two inches or 50mm, step up to an F-spaced or Trembucker pickup size.

What are the pole spacing on a Gibson humbucker?

Our traditional Gibson style Lollar Imperial humbuckers have a pole spacing of about 50 mm, as measured from center to center of the two outside pole pieces. The Fender spaced Lollar Imperial humbucker has a pole spacing of about 53mm.

How big are the strings on a Gibson humbucker?

A standard Humbucker’s pole pieces are built according to a traditional Gibson string spacing of 1.930″ (49mm), measured from the center of the high E string to the center of the low E string at the bridge pickup location.

What’s the difference between humbucker cover and pole?

The difference between the two pickups is in the spacing of the poles as they’re positioned on the inside of the pickup. In other words, when a metal humbucker cover is machine stamped, the outer rectangle or “box” is the same size. But it’s the distance in between the individual pole pieces that is different.

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