Dogear P90 Shims

(3 customer reviews)


Need to raise your Neck or Bridge? We got you covered. We have 0.0625″, 0.1″, and 0.225″ available and in stock.




Lindy Fralin Pickups Dogear ShimsThe 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:


  1. 0.0626″ (1/16″) (1.6mm)
  2. 0.1″ (~7/64″) (2.54mm)
  3. 0.225″ (~7/32″) (5.7mm)


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:
  1. Have a ruler handy, and push your low E string down at the highest fret.
  2. Measure the distance from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string
  3. Ideal height should be 1/16″
  4. Repeat this on the High E String.


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.




If you followed the above directions regarding Standard Shim Spacing, you should have no problem with Short Dogear Spacing. The process is the same, but the measurements are slightly different. Take a look at the diagram below.

As you can see, ideally, you want roughly 13/32″ (0.406″, 10.3mm) from the bottom of the string to the guitar’s top, measured from the back of the dogear. This is the easiest place to take a measurement, so bust out those calculators and we hope that this article helps you find the ideal Dogear height!


3 reviews for Dogear P90 Shims

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  1. Scott Bobbit (verified owner)

    They worked great and brought the pick-ups where they needed to be on a casino with Seymour-Duncan Antiquity P-90s. Thanks, Lindy!

  2. Chad Phillips (verified owner)

    These shims saved my bacon
    A customer brought in a Godin 5th Avenue which was in need of a neck reset. The problem was he had just purchased the guitar used and as-is. So no warranty. On top of that, the customer couldn’t afford a neck reset. With the geometry of the guitar out of whack, the action was high, but the bridge couldn’t be adjusted to compensate enough for the high action (it was nearly bottomed out). To further complicate this problem, even if I were able to adjust the action enough, the pickups for this guitar are Dogear P-90s w/ no height adjustment. The only way to get them to seat lower is to use a thinner set of shims than what the guitar was equipped with at the factory. After dealing with the bridge situation to get the adjustment I needed, it was Lindy Fralin to the rescue. I ordered the shims in all three sizes. With the varying sizes, I could mix and match as necessary to get the pickup height perfect. These little beauties fit the stock P-90s exactly and helped me solve my customer’s problem for a fraction of what it would have cost to do a proper neck reset. They are pricey but well worth it. I would not hesitate to order them again if needed. Thank you, Lindy Fralin,

  3. Kenneth Seeton (verified owner)

    These Fralin Dogear P-90 Shims at .062″ are really well made and fit under the P90 cover perfectly. These are not the oversize versions, but the matching cover-size. Love ’em!

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