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    I have had a set in my 20 year-old Les Paul Classic for 3 or 4 years and I like their tone in this guitar. What I have not figured out though is how to adjust them to get a really good “honky” middle switch position tone. I have Orange Drop caps and standard Gibby wiring with Gibson standard pots. Has any one with Seths in their Les Paul figures out how to get their idea of what the middle position should sound like and done it successfully?

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    There boat loads of threads which deal with that question. So first use the search function.
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    Can’t speak to Seths but the Antiquities are pretty close to them and I can speak to those.

    And for me, that tone came with them set pretty close to Gibson’s recommenced specs. But it also seemed to come pretty naturally at whatever height, so if you can’t find it, it might be the guitar and not the pickups.

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    Mess with your tone and volume knobs when in the middle switch position.
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    This is what I do (YMMV). Fret the high and low E at the highest fret, measure 3/32" from top of pickups to bottom of string, except low E on the neck pickup, 1/8". Heads of adjustable poles above the bobbin/cover for a more midrange sound, below the cover/bobbins for a flatter sound. I also set the heads in a straight line like - - - - - -, or use the 1950's alternating V arrangement like \ / \ / \ /. Lately I've used straight line on the neck and V on the bridge. Still playing with it, IME it makes a very slight difference the average player might not notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaubrummels View Post
    This is what I do (YMMV). Fret the high and low E at the highest fret, measure 3/32" from top of pickups to bottom of string, except low E on the neck pickup, 1/8". Heads of adjustable poles above the bobbin/cover for a more midrange sound, below the cover/bobbins for a flatter sound. I also set the heads in a straight line like - - - - - -, or use the 1950's alternating V arrangement like \ / \ / \ /. Lately I've used straight line on the neck and V on the bridge. Still playing with it, IME it makes a very slight difference the average player might not notice.
    My two Les Pauls have 1st string heights similar to yours. My neck pickups are below their respective rings and read about 1/4” away from the pole piece when strings are fretted at the last fret 6th string. I get a good tone from both neck pickups and both bridge pickups, but only one guitar has a really good middle position tone with decent character shades. I’m attributing that to guitar construction and how that relates to the guitars' pickups. I can live with that fact as long as each position individually performs as I want it to.

    There have been some good ideas presented here, so I thank those of you who offered them.


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    Default Re: Duncan Seth Lover Height?

    i find that rolling the volume down a touch on just one pup (which seems to depend on the guitar) adds a little honk to the sound

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