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building a guitar Answered

my son is building a guitar and has done a great job building the body an old teacher gave him a neck from an old guitar and we ordered a bunch of parts from a web site.Is there a specific distance there should be between the pick ups and bridge and neck? I have searched all over the net but have been unable to find any specifics. he has bought a set of dual humbuckers. any help would be appreciated

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thanks found a video on u tube they wanted 12 3/4 measurement from 12th fret to bridge and no real specific measurement around humbuckers so we kind of copied his present guitar. he is going to router them out today. next project is to see if i can find a pick gaurd blank or some suitable material.

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The distance from the 12th fret to the bridge is equal to the distance from the the 12th fret to the nut--I.E., the 12th fret is half way between (equidistant) from each.

This is important--necks can be "short scale," 3/4, etc.--really, any arbitrary length. So you must verify the scale length. The measured distance in the video might not be correct for your neck...

well that was fortunate. he took the guitar to school and routered out the holes for the pickups the measurements that you have given fit this guitar perfectly. thanks for the advice


8 years ago

Naw, it varies by manufacturers. Some even angle pickups for a distinctive sound. But the only "standard" for that is the angle on the Stratocaster bridge pickup (and only with single coil, not humbuckers.)

The rule-of-thumb-- bridge position has more treble, while the neck position is richer, with more bass and midtones.

Single-pickup jazz guitars have only a neck pickup (this was the "original" configuration for electric guitars.) Nowadays, cheaper single-pickup rock guitars have only a bridge pickup.

One very important consideration-- pickups in a matched set will not be identical. There will definitely be designated as neck and bridge, to keep the output balanced (more string movement per vibration cycle nearer the neck.)