Wood pickup covers

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mon Rominee, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Maybe someone can help me with this:

    In my twin J coil query a couple days ago, I had toyed with the idea of molding a custom casing...but I think about wood covers, and I have some real nice black ebony...I think that could come out pretty trick...thing is, I don't know how wood effects the magnetic field of a pickup.

    Is it marginal if any?

    What would be the optimal thickness on the top of the cover, for the best "sensing window" for the pole pieces?

    edit: I don't want the pole pieces visible

    Any help would be stellar.
  2. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    The wood won't affect the pickup, and the cover should be as thin as is practicable (on top), simply to give you the best chance to place the pickup height-wise where you want it and where it sounds best, but still with room so that you don't hit the top with the strings.

    I have some pickups in Gabon ebony, and they look schmick!
  3. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    When I do wooden covers I make the top .060 thick.
    This lets you get the pickup close enough to the strings to get a good output and not have the strings hit the cover.