1. Alnico vs Ceramic Pickups

    Alnico vs Ceramic Pickups
    [caption id="attachment_2166" align="alignright" width="300"]APH-2B-RZ The SEYMOUR DUNCAN APH-2B Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker bridge reverse zebra features a Warm, moderate output humbucker, recommended for jazz, blues, and classic rock.[/caption] There are two main types of magnets used in today’s pickups – Alnico and Ceramic. And with these two pickup magnets comes their own set of features, most prominently of which is tone. Of the two, you’re likely to hear that alnico magnets give off a brighter tone. This unfortunately is incorrect; it’s not what the magnets are made of that influences their sound but their strength. But as that old saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and in this case, there actually is something to that rumor of alnico being brighter. Alnico is a lot more expensive than ceramic; so much so that alnico is almost never used in grades of 5 or higher (grades are used to tell a magnet’s strength but only in comparison to magnets made of the same material). In order to keep down costs but still have a magnet with strength high enough for something like a high output pickup, ceramic is used. Interestingly enough ceramic magnets are actually weaker than alnico when they are of the same grade and size – but only after a certain point though. When it comes to magnets the size used in pickups however, ceramic is actually stronger. Which brings me back to that rumor of alnico pickups being brighter; if you had pickups the size of a football, yeah, the alnico will be brighter – but good luck trying to fit that inside your axe!   Continue reading →
  2. Hot Pickups (Coil Over-Winding)

    Hot Pickups (Coil Over-Winding)
    SEYMOUR DUNCAN SHR-1 Hot Rails High-output Bridge Humbucker Single-coil Strat White When someone uses the term hot pickup, they are essentially talking about the signal output being stronger than a ‘standard’ one. Some might call a certain pickup “hotter” than the other, so they are pretty much comparing the output strength of a pickup to another. Without getting too...
  3. Reverse Coil Winding in Pickups

    Reverse Coil Winding in Pickups
    SUHR V54's Middle Position RWRP (Reverse Winding Reverse Polarity) Single-Coil Pickup Reverse winding in a pickup is one that has been wound in reverse, but what difference does this even make? Well, not a single difference if you are just comparing a single pickup to another, but when combined with an opposite-wound pickup, the magic happens. It's not really...
  4. Tech Tips: Installing Active Bassline Pickups

    Tech Tips: Installing Active Bassline Pickups
    FENDER Active Jazz Bass Rosewood Today we’re going to show you how to install a new set of Bassline pickups for an electric bass. Basslines bass pickups range from the most authentic vintage reproductions to the most modern active pickups.  Today in particular we’re going to be focusing on the installation of active bassline pickups. These include: "Phase I...
  5. Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups

    Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups
    ProAudioLand is happy to say that Seymour Duncan has just announced the imminent release of the NYC Bass pickups! Like the soapbar pickups found in some of the world's finest handcrafted basses, the NYC uses the same dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico pole pieces. The four conductor cable allows for three wiring modes...