You can adjust it still. There's foam under the pickup pushing it up against the screw head, so as you loosen the screw the pickup will raise.Seems to me with direct mounted you can't adjust pickup height, only individual pole pieces (if adjustable). Is that right?
There should be an insert that you screw into and out of, instead of a wood screw directly into the wood IMO
If you're going to do it, this is the way.One of my favorite mods I do to all my guitars with direct mounting - though I've done it for control cavities, truss rod covers, etc. Wood screws seem archaic and unrefined in contrast.
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Screw-to-expand inserts (with a tiny dab of adhesive on the sides) and some button head hex drive screws. Drill to size, countersink them if you wanna get fancy and off you go.
Pickups generate an electric current as the strings cut their magnetic field. If the pickup is somehow coupling with the vibrations of the mounting system, it's microphonic, which is not a desired characteristic. YMMV.I could maybe be convinced to entertain theoretical arguments that any time you're suspending a pickup on springs or rubber rings or foam or whatever away from the body of the guitar, the pickup is being slightly decoupled from the guitar's body vibrations, which theorectially might make it ever-so-slightly better able to sense the vibrations of the strings, if they're vibrating in phase, or more susceptable to faint phase cancelletation, if they're not...
both, and like them both.
But to do that it requires motion, and specifically motion relative to the pickup, right? So it matters if the pickup is moving or stationary - taken to extremes, if the pickup was moving at exactly the same magnitude as the string, then idf they were in phase the relative movement of the string relative to the pickup would be zero, and out of phase it would be 2x the vibration of the string, and double the amplitude.Pickups generate an electric current as the strings cut their magnetic field. If the pickup is somehow coupling with the vibrations of the mounting system, it's microphonic, which is not a desired characteristic. YMMV.