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Pickup Magnets

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DaveCustomMade, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Another thread caused me to have this question.

    Are the magnets in the top notch pickups 'stronger' than those in lesser quality pickups?

    If they are, do stronger magnets lead to better sound?

    If not, . . . . . . . then just say so, for Pete sake!! :meh:
  2. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Stronger magnets don't necessarily lead to better sound, in fact, if the magnetic field is too strong it will pull on the strings and dampen sustain. Stronger magnets can possibly affect pickup output.

    Different magnet types exhibit different tonal qualities also. (Alnico 2, Alnico 5 and ceramic are most common). Bobbin size, bobbin shape, magnet shape and wire size are other factors that affect how a pickup sounds.

    There's a lot of information on the Seymour Duncan website about pickups. Here's one link about magnets and you can go from there: