Pickup height adjustment on my JMJM: new screws "duh" discovery

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Pickup height adjustment on my JMJM: new screws "duh" discovery

Post by bipedal2 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:52 am

Returning to OSG after a several year layoff -- howdy -- and wanted to share this insight because sharing is caring.

I bought my Squier JMJM around 2012/13. Beyond a Wilkinson roller bridge and a new vibrato assembly with the lock button, it's stock.

One challenge I've always had was adjusting the guitar's pickup heights. The adjustment screws were always difficult to turn, and when they did turn they seemed to do little to change the height. I'd tried new foam spacers underneath, moving wires around underneath to make sure they weren't blocking the movement, etc. but I just couldn't figure it out. Mildly irritating, but after awhile I just let it be as the pickup heights seemed good enough.

A few weeks ago I decided to replace the adjustment screws because the stock ones were nearly stripped. Bought a pack of new Fender p/u screws from Angela's, patiently got the stock screws to turn out, and screwed in the new ones.

Lo and behold, it's a ton easier to turn the screws and super-smooth up and down movement to both pickups, a lot easier to turn the screws. My hunch is that the original screws were just a tad larger diameter and were binding on their holes in the pickup covers.

I should have spent that $7 and replaced those dumb little screws years ago. :fp:

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