Neck pickup F-Spaced?

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  1. Legion

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    Heyo!

    I have an Ibanez RG652FX that I'm changing the pickups on.
    I took some really quick measurements:

    Bridge pickup string spacing: 53mm (DEFINITELY F spaced)
    Neck pickup string spacing : 50mm (Standard spacing?)

    But I am looking for the Gravity Storm neck or PAF Joe neck. I cannot find them in regular spacing. Apparently I need to special order. How much does it matter having a regular vs F spaced in the neck position?

    Thanks!
     
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    Spacing doesn’t matter. Order whatever.
     
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    I currently have both those pickups in two guitars; if you want to be steered one way or the other by my impressions. They’re both shooting for “throaty Hendix thing that holds up under high gain.”
     
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    spacing is more an aesthetic issue than an actual sound issue ime. basically it doesn't matter
     
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    Go with whatever is cheap/available. Pole piece spacing is basically just an aesthetic thing :yesway:
     
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    Thanks folks!
    Aesthetics are very important for me. So I ordered F spaced bridge and regular spaced neck pickup. It's a Dimarzio Dominion/PAF Joe set! White with chrome poles, going into a black Ibanez RG. The best part: I special ordered both from banjomikez, and it turned out about 10 bucks cheaper than buying two pickups off the shelf. NPD incoming when they arrive (in two weeks or so)

    Cheers!
     
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    Banjomikez is the best. :agreed:
     
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    I noticed that DiMarzio makes F-spaced neck pickups, despite the poles of most standard neck pickups already aligning with the strings in their position on guitars that have wider spacing on the bridge. Is their any reason why they do that besides possibly putting them in the bridge position?
     
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    According to DiMarzio it’s for guitars with greater than 43mm nut width, but again, it’s all pretty pointless.

    Magnetic pickups don’t use line of sight.
     
  10. JustinRhoads1980

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    Really it is? An explanation on this?????
     
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    Wider pole spacing than your strings is fine. There's still magnetic field between the poles. It falls off as you move outside the pole spacing though, so having narrower pole spacing than string spacing is not great.

    So basically, always buy f-spaced / trembuckers for everything.
     
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    i would say use either one. there's no appreciable effect between using f spaced or not in terms of magnetic field. they literally differ by a little over 1mm on each side, and the magnetic field is more than enough to cover that. i've used f spaced and non f spaced interchangeably for years with no effect.
     
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    To anyone super worried about if pole spacing really matters that much, remember that a ton of guitars came with shit like this in the 80s and sounded killer:

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    LMAO fair point

    I'm worried about aesthetics too though haha
     
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    Im pretty sure i have had issues losing signal on regular spaced pickups when bending strings before. I definitely have on little single coil mini buckers before but those have such tiny pole pieces it's not much surprise. They're way to narrow in the neck position.

    At any rate I feel better with wider poles.

    EDIT: bending the strings doesn't make sense. I don't bend them off the side of the neck. Ignore me.
    The mini buckers thing was real though. Probably those poles are just so small that they do falloff a lot between them.
     

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