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General Discussion => GENERAL DISCUSSION => Topic started by: Fantasiasoul on November 08, 2018, 09:23:52 AM

Title: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: Fantasiasoul on November 08, 2018, 09:23:52 AM
I adore playing my Fly (2005 Classic) and with heavily distorted sounds it is absolutely great. I also have an NFV3 NiteFly and it is nowhere near as good and fun to play. All that is expected.

However, when I play with fewer effects for a much cleaner feel, the sound is invariably 'nasal' and shallow/thin (it's hard to describe a sound!). It that normal? I have read that some change the pickups to get a different, fuller, clearer, sound. Can any of you comment on the possibility and difference this can make?
Title: Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: vjmanzo on November 08, 2018, 09:53:46 AM
I have those same guitars and I do play them with very clean sounds, so I can confirm that they should not be sounding thin for you. Adjusting the pickup height is something worth exploring as this makes a very big difference. Changing pickups is something that has been discussed on this forum; I've been able to get the sound(s) I want out of my Flys by adjusting pickup height and changing my string gauge and type.
Title: Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: Fantasiasoul on November 09, 2018, 05:14:28 AM
Thanks for the reply - it sounds very promising. However, I cannot see how I can adjust the pickup height. The manual does not mention this at all and looking at the pickups on the guitar I cannot see any screws or anything that would enable adjustments. Can you let me know how you adjusted the pickups on your Fly??
Title: Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: vjmanzo on November 09, 2018, 08:37:59 AM
No problem! The bridge-side coil under the B string is actually a 3/32” hex screw; same thing with the neck-side coil under the A string. Carefully unscrew them to loosen the pickup so that it moves freely in vertical space; then you can manually raise or lower the pickup height. When you’re happy with the sound, you can retighten the screws.
Title: Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: Fantasiasoul on November 10, 2018, 02:10:00 AM
That's brilliant - my sound is so much better. Thank you very much for your help!
Title: Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
Post by: vjmanzo on November 10, 2018, 05:03:30 AM
So good to hear, and happy to help!!