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Do wood covered pickups effect the tone?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mjl422, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. mjl422


    Jul 3, 2002
    Does it make it warmer, less volume, etc...?
  2. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    The wood covers are essentially transparent to the magnetic force, so it shouldn't affect tone except for the added distance between the pole pieces and strings due to the thickness of the wood. Possibly slightly lower output.
  3. The covers I made for my latest Jazz are wood (my first) and don't affect tone at all. The top layer of wood is essentially in the .040" range for thickness and this isn't even noticeable between the pup and string.