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I noticed that my neck pickup was low, so I tried to raise it, but the screw came up, but the pickup didnt. So, I raised the pickup manually, wasnt easy without scratching it, and it sounded great, but it wount stay up. Looked inside, and my hand wont fit all the way into the body through the hole in the back. Anyone have ideas as to why it wont spring up, is there even a spring? didnt see one, but the view through the hole is limited. The raised hieght totally opened up the sound, and I would like to keep it there. Thanks.
GreTscH pickups aren't adjustable. It's annoying. But there is a fix. Shim with either popsicle sticks, or better yet with mouse-pad rubber material. The TV Jones site has a vid showing how to do this. You can also find it on youtube. If you use the rubber material, your pickup will be adjustable. The wood method lets you set it to a different non-adjustable height. So use the rubber method.
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I used two pieces of rather thick felt, perforated so that the screw can go through the pieces. This will push the pickup up a bit, but stay flexible for a long time. This really improved the bite of the neck pickup.
Be careful with screwing the pickup down though. If you screw it too tightly, that can warp the pickup cover a bit and push the two center pins upward. That happened to me.
Thanks for the links guys. I really dont like messing with the ionstrument, unless I am playing it. Dont have much of a choice though, the sound improvement at the higher level was very full, lots of bass came through, which actually made it sound better through my fender The Twin, which at low volumes is tinny. I will let you know how it goes. Listen for a loud scream comng out of central Va, and you know I screwed it up!
If you are still checking this link, after calling gretsch, they dont suggest adding splints to raise the pick ups. Which I guess they wouldnt, they dont warranty modified guitars, even though mine is beyond warranty. They suggested raising the screws in the pickups them selves, you can adjust each string to the volume you want. Either way, I am leavin it alone. Thanks for all the help!