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Re: Neodymium magnets for bass pickups?

10/22/2004 10:05 AM
Bronco Billy Re: Neodymium magnets for bass pickups?
Rickenbacker's humbuckers have neodymium bar magnets (and twin steel blades). These are the pickups used on their 4004 bass series. They were introduced in the early 1990s.  
The 4004 pickups have plenty of bass, but I don't know how much of that is due to the magnet. The coils read about 14.4K and like all Rick pickups, they're #44.  
The same pickup is used in their 650 guitar series. I found it overly bassy in a guitar.
11/11/2004 4:34 PM

Hi! Can anyone post some news in this subject for me?:)
11/12/2004 5:17 PM
jason lollar

Well my buddy making horseshoes has used them- we were using laminated shoes on some of the rick repros.  
I played around with them and they have some peculiar traits compared to ceramic or alnico. even though they are 4X or more powerful than alnico they dont throw the magnetic field as far in certain situations (transferring along a steel plate for one), in fact for some things I make they are useless. get a gaussmeter and go to town, see it for yourself.
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