dleonard wrote:What at we going for with the pickup height on a standard strat to get the most fender-y sound?
Fender factory specs are 2 mm from the pole piece at the low E, 1.6 mm at the high e, when the strings are fretted at the last fret. The rule of thumb is that distance should be the greatest at the 6th string neck pickup, and least at the 1st string bridge. I tried out these specs and wasn't satisfied, I felt it robbed me of some of the smoothness of tone, a bit too harsh. I play mine a bit lower but nothing too drastic, some guys have them to where they're flush with the pickguard. Speaking of which, I noticed that on Alligator, the pups are unusually high. I was wondering if that's just a necessary adjustment because of the high action Jerry favored and the customized bridge setup of that guitar, or if he really liked his pups almost touching his strings.