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- Supplier Name: Lindy Fralin Pickups
The purpose of a Dogear Shim is to help raise the pickup to it’s ideal height. Since Dogears are Fixed-height pickups, this is the only way to get around it. Sure, P90’s have adjustable pole pieces, but, those are for micro-fine-tuning the string-to-string balance, not adjusting the entire pickup. Let’s dig into how we can measure for Shims, if you need one (or two)! We have three shim sizes available:
0.0626″ (1/16″) (1.6mm)
0.1″ (~7/64″) (2.5 mm)
0.225″ (~7/32″) (5.7mm)
HOW TO MEASURE SHIM SPACING:
Before we talk about Shims, let’s get into pickup height. The ideal pickup height is 1/16″ (0.06″, 1.6mm) from the top of the pole piece, to the bottom of the string- when pushed down at the highest fret. You only have to do this on the Low E and High E string. Here’s how to do it:
Have a ruler handy, and push your low E string down at the highest fret
Measure the distance from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string
Ideal height should be 1/16″
Repeat this on the High E String
STANDARD DOGEAR SHIM SPACING:
Since the cover of a Standard Dogear is 7/16″ High, and you need 1/16″ String Clearance, you need 1/2″ from the bottom of the string to the top of the guitar for ideal dogear height.
If you measure taller than that, and you need a shim. Simply take the difference and install!
For example, if you take the measurement, and you measure 9/16″, you’ll need a 1/16″ Shim.