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Re: Neodymium magnets for bass pickups?

10/18/2004 11:36 PM
Dr. Strangelove Re: Neodymium magnets for bass pickups?
Yeah, what SK said.  
Nd magnets are strong and 'stiff' unlike Alnico so you may want to put more iron into the pickup.  
Use steel rod pole pieces with a 1/16-1/8" thick neodymium magnet cylinder on the bottom of each pole. This size of Nd magnet is inexpensive and easy to obtain in the 3/16" diameter shape.  
10/19/2004 10:07 AM
Mark Hammer

I think the other thing would be that, with the pickups farther away from the strings to reduce pull (though I would imagine this to be less of an issue when you have bass strings with so much more mass than unwound guitar strings) there is a risk of eroding signal-to-noise ratio. If the intention is to use a double-coil system, then fine, but with a single-coil pickupm that coil acts as an antenna too, and moving it away from the strings only impacts on how much string movement it senses, while having no appreciable impact on how much ENI/RFI it senses.
10/21/2004 1:32 PM

Here's a company that makes neodymium pickups: guitar and bass.  
They have samples to download, but be warned, they're gigantic. Like 100-135 mb.  
On the other hand, they sound fantastic.  
If you ever forget the link, its always available on my hompage:
10/21/2004 1:40 PM
Thanks for all the infos:) I saw the Q-Tuner page,it's great! I'm waiting for more news about neodymium pickups from you.
10/21/2004 1:47 PM
Mark Hammer

Lee Valley Tools sells a variety of suitably sized neodymium magnets in their hardware catalog. Their rod magnets can be seen here:,42363,42348&abspage=1&ccurrency=1&SID=
10/22/2004 3:04 AM

From me??? ;-)
10/22/2004 7:36 AM

Hehehe! From all of you;)
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