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    A couple T-Bird ST questions.

    Hi young people,

    I have a couple questions regarding my T-Bird ST.

    With the bridge pickup being of lower ohms than the neck, could I simply just swap the 2 pickups? Am I better off just buying a neck pickup from the Guild website & dropping it in the bridge?

    Iíve adjusted the 2 pickups to be of equal volume during switching & this works fine, but I do find the neck to be a bit muddy & the bridge a bit thin. Iíll also be changing the strings to 12ís, probably flat wounds, & am a bit concerned this will further the muddiness of the neck pickup. Any insight, good people?

    Thanks

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    Flipping the pickups would be the quickest and cheapest, so I would try that first. They have plugin connectors, so easy peasey. See how you like it, then swap the strings.
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    I had no idea they have plug in connectors. That is good info!

    I plan on swapping the strings to 12ís anyway, as thatís my size preference.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatTheBeat View Post
    I plan on swapping the strings to 12’s anyway, as that’s my size preference.
    Just to note, you may need to widen the T-bird's nut slots for 12s. I had to do this on mine to free up a set of polished half-round 11s with a wound G. All the wound strings were sticking a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    This was a good read, thank you. It still leaves me back to the original question of swapping the pickups, though. The pole pieces will be off slightly with the string alignment wether swapping positions or replacing one of the pickups with one from Guildís site. Granted, 2 pickups will be misaligned rather than 1.

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    I still have to give it a full set up, as Iím pretty particular about that stuff. Honestly, Iíve been on the fence about keeping the guitar since I bought it. If these efforts donít work out then Iím afraid Iíll have to move it along. Maybe Iím just spoiled by Jazzmasterís.

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    I wouldn't be concerned about flip-flopping the pickups. Polepiece alignment isn't that important…close is more than good enough. Most of the electric guitars people revere and pay big $$ for have one-spacing-fits-all pickups.

    I also like flatwounds on Jazzmasters (and Jaguars too)!

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    If this guitar can sound killer (and it does), than a mm here or there won’t matter:



    Lining up pole pieces is mostly for aesthetics. The strings are awash in magnetic field. The benefit of the poles is that they can be adjusted up or down to increase or decrease the sensitivity under each string, but even with them not aligned right you can get similar results by adjusting the closest two.
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