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just bought a new-ish hummingbird and when plugged in the high e string's volume is much lower than the rest of the strings. any suggestions as to why and what to do to solve the issue? uneven saddle? piezo strip not seated properly? thanks! jeff.

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just bought a new-ish hummingbird and when plugged in the high e string's volume is much lower than the rest of the strings. any suggestions as to why and what to do to solve the issue? uneven saddle? piezo strip not seated properly? thanks! jeff.

 

Try re-seating the saddle, make sure the pickup element is sitting flat/flush with the bottom of the saddle slot in the bridge, make sure the pickup element is covering the entire bridge slot (it can sometimes slip back and that high E is at the end of the saddle element). Also make sure the bottom of the saddle itself is flat/flush so it’s making even contact with the pickup element and putting even pressure across the element.

 

If it’s the stock pickup it’s most likely an LR Baggs Element and one of the fixes mentioned usually fix the issue.

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Good place to start - pull the saddle and check the flatness of the bottom. Look for debris in the slot or a shim.

 

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The piezo element for the high e string doesn't even start until about 1/8" back from the end of the braid on those undersaddle pickups. So make sure the end of the braid is snug up against the far wall of the saddle slot and then place the saddle into the slot on an 45 degree angle at the bass end and then lower it like a pocket-knife blade towards the treble end. This usually presses the pickup braid further down the treble end of the slot and smooths out any wrinkles. If your saddle isn't really snug, keep pressure on the saddle until you get it under string tension.

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The piezo element for the high e string doesn't even start until about 1/8" back from the end of the braid on those undersaddle pickups. So make sure the end of the braid is snug up against the far wall of the saddle slot and then place the saddle into the slot on an 45 degree angle at the bass end and then lower it like a pocket-knife blade towards the treble end. This usually presses the pickup braid further down the treble end of the slot and smooths out any wrinkles. If your saddle isn't really snug, keep pressure on the saddle until you get it under string tension.

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