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no poles pups...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by wolfmaster19, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. wolfmaster19


    Sep 24, 2010
    i'd like to replace the pickup casing of a "no open poles" pickup so that it's poles are exposed

    problem is, i don't know if this pickup has pole pieces underneath the enclosed casing (unless i open it up) and i'd just end up destroying the only closed casing i have for it..
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    The vast majority of pickups with closed covers do not use traditional pole pieces. What kind of pickup is it?
  3. All magnetic pickups have pole pieces.
    Look at the backside of the pickup to see whether or not the pickup is epoxy-potted. If there is no epoxy, try gently pulling up on the cover. If it's removable, it will pop off. Otherwise, it should be clear that the cover is permanently attached.
  4. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Even blade-type pickups?
  5. Obviously, yes.
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Conventional, pole-shaped "poles"?
  7. wolfmaster19


    Sep 24, 2010
    the pickup is not epoxy-potted and the underneath is sealed with copper plating that serves as a "Dont Go There" kinda warning

    the pickup in question is a bartolini taken from a modulus flea

    can i expose it's poles with an open pole encasing?

    doest it even have poles?

    the encasing is really worn and i'd like to change it for a project
    but the only encasing i have is with opennings for the pole pieces
  8. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Why not cut some thin slices of stainless steel rod and glue them on the pickups
  9. wolfmaster19


    Sep 24, 2010
    because the plastic casing is really torn and replacing the entire thing would make more sense
  10. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I think think is a very bad idea. First, you don't know what the pole configuration is. Second, if you were able to get the cover off, your holes would have to be machine shop accurate to look right. Third. The poles would still be recessed behind the cover. You would have to specifically light the pickups to see into the shadows of your new holes. I've had a few sets of Barts. They seem to have all been potted
  11. They are called "pole pieces" because of their function in the magnetic circuit. The physical specs can vary considerably, however. The OP did not specify traditional bipole magnets, just that he wanted his pickups' poles exposed.
  12. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Why do you want to do that? Just for looks?

    Think about that for a moment.

    You most likely can't change the cover on the pickup, and if it has a closed cover, it probably doesn't have round pole pieces.
  13. "Q"


    Feb 9, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    What everyone has failed to tell you is that with a covered pickup the poles you would be exposing would likely be a black ceramic magnet which would not be very attractive.
  14. wolfmaster19


    Sep 24, 2010
    black shiny ceramic... not cool?.. :D