Alnico vs Ceramic Magnets – How Do They Affect Guitar Pickup Tone?

alnico vs ceramic magnetsTaking a close look at the differences between alnico and ceramic magnets and their effect on tone.

When choosing a new pickup for your guitar, consider the magnet, one of the essential, yet complicating elements involved in the sound creation process. We’ll try here to demystify the process by looking at the whole issue of alnico vs ceramic magnets and how they affect your guitar’s tone. You’ll see in this discussion, that these types of magnets produce different kinds of sounds, so many, that your decision-making may prove challenging.

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Dimarzio IGNO Wiring Diagram

dimarzio igno wiringIn this post, we're going to show you how to wire your new DiMarzio IGNO pickup into your guitar.

The DiMarzio IGNO is a new humbucker pickup developed for Polyphia guitarist Scott LePage, and in this post we’re going to show you DiMarzio IGNO wiring for your guitar. This pickup features DiMarzio’s patented dual-resonance design and scatter-wound coils, and it uses Alnico 8 magnets for greater output.
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Lindy Fralin Pickup Phase — What’s the Deal?

lindy fralin pickup phaseIf you’ve just installed a Lindy Fralin pickup, but the sound you’re getting is not quite what you expected, the problem could be with your pickup’s phase.

Why are my Lindy Fralin Pickups out of phase?

Is your newly installed Lindy Fralin pickup phase giving you problems? One of the most common problems a guitarist faces when purchasing new pups is getting the phase right. Continue reading “Lindy Fralin Pickup Phase — What’s the Deal?”

Making Double Coil Guitar Pickups: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4

making double coil guitar pickupsBuild your own double coil guitar pickup.

In the last article we talked about building our own single coil pickup, so this time, we’ll talk about making double coil guitar pickups. If you missed the single coil article, you can check it out here: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 3. Continue reading “Making Double Coil Guitar Pickups: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4”

Mini Humbucker Versus Firebird Guitar Pickups: What is the Difference Between Them?

Mini Humbucker versus FirebirdThe Mini Humbucker versus Firebird question is a popular one. Learn the difference between these two vintage style pickups.

There are so many different kinds of pickups available that it can become difficult to dig through the ever-growing pile to choose the best one for your guitar. Continue reading “Mini Humbucker Versus Firebird Guitar Pickups: What is the Difference Between Them?”

Zephyr Silver Tele Lead by Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silver Tele LeadIn the Zephyr Silver Tele Lead Pickup, Seymour Duncan has replaced the usual copper wire with silver wire, producing a softer, more manageable and more evenly wound coil.

The Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silver Tele Lead is designed as a direct replacement for the bridge pickup on the Tele. It was created in response to a challenge put to Vice President of Engineering Kevin Beller, that he make the best pickup in his power, regardless of cost or material. Continue reading “Zephyr Silver Tele Lead by Seymour Duncan”

ST59-1 Little 59, by Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59Designed as a replacement for the stock Tele, the Little 59 is a medium-output pickup with an even bass and treble, and a slight midrange scoop for great Rock or Metal distortion.

The Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 is another mini-humbucker designed to deliver more of a Rock tone from your Tele. It features two coils side by side and uses a ceramic magnet for high output and a brighter high end. Designed with Gibson’s first humbucker in mind, the Little 59 is meant to have that PAF (Patent Applied For) sound, while still retaining some of the Tele twang. Continue reading “ST59-1 Little 59, by Seymour Duncan”

DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384

DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384The DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384 pickup fits perfectly into the bridge of the Fender Telecaster, with no modifications to the guitar.

The DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384 is a very high-output pickup designed especially for the bridge position of the Fender Telecaster. It has a lot less twang than the stock Tele pickup, but a good deal more mids and lows, and considerably more volume. Continue reading “DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384”

Seymour Duncan Hot Lead Stack Tele Bridge

Seymour Duncan Hot Lead Stack Tele BridgeThe Hot Lead Stack Tele Bridge Pickup uses four-conductor wiring for parallel humbucking, plus split single coil for more tonal options.

The Seymour Duncan Hot Lead Stack Tele Bridge Pickup is a stacked humbucker, designed with Heavy Rock in mind. There are two over-wound coils stacked on top of each other around a bar magnet, creating a humbucker pickup that is the same size as a single coil. This leads to silent operation, which is essential in Modern Rock’s extremely high gain amplifiers. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan Hot Lead Stack Tele Bridge”

DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele

DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T TeleThe DP318 Super Distortion T Tele puts out the same high gain as the regular Super Distortion, and the coils are powerful enough to allow splitting into a single coil without weakening the sound.

The DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele is designed to offer the same performance as the famous Super Distortion in a humbucking Tele bridge direct replacement pickup. This is a mini-humbucker, designed to fit into the Telecaster’s single coil bridge position. In addition, its coils create a silent pickup with thicker and warmer lows. Continue reading “DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele”