Pickup Covers Matter

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by brazilnut, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. brazilnut

    brazilnut Active Member

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    The bridge ReWind PAF clone was a little too present in the top end for me. The bass was fine, but the treble was just a little too bitey for my taste. So I covered it. And Lo! It sounds just right!

    It really worked, just like they said it would. How about that? IMG_9012.JPG
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Nice to see I am not the only one who has experienced this! I read from a book by Adrian Legg, about how a pickup cover removal adds about 3db to the gain. Most people argued with me on this, but I always felt I could hear a tonal difference.
    PS, nice beastie!
     
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  4. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I like those humbucker covers,

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  5. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    From my experience, it depends on the pickup cover and how much of an effect it has on the magnetic field. I used to be a subscriber to the school of thought that said it does nothing, but now after modding my Les Paul and trying it both ways, I dunno.
     
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  6. Beery Swine

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    I love pickups like that, it's like an open-cup bra on a woman. Like "Yeah, I'm a covered pickup, but my naughty bits are still showing."
     
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  7. Beery Swine

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    Y'know, thinking about it now, I wonder if simply putting some nice shiny new nickel silver covers on my SE 245's pickups would improve their tone and make them less bitey? I pretty much leave the tone knob on the bridge pickup at 8 as it is, and often turn the volume down to 9 as well.
     
  8. DrBGood

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    You get the tone you like by tweaking those knobs ? If so, I wouldn't bother with covers.
     
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    No, but I do get a better tone. The SE 245s aren't bad pickups, they're just not quite right for me I think. Still, I have an old RG421 lying around, I might try putting them in that sometime.
     

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