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11/3/2002 6:30 PM
Hi My name is Evan,  
I recently started working with Wolfe Tone.  
I learned alot already but, I just started like Carl and my knowledge is extremely limited. I was wondering what kind of magnets are used in Les Paul pickups, like the Classic and Custom?  
I guess Fender was trying to be different when they spaced their strings differently than Gibson but, It sure does make it a bitch when trying to find humbuckers for a strat. The bobbins are not common. I used to have a Strat with active emg's, Couldn't even tell if the magnets were lined up correctly. I was wondering, is there an advantage to having both bobbins filled with slotted screws in terms of output in a humbucker or is it better to have one side of solid magnets? What is up with Duncan Dimebag humbuckers with two strips of magnets instead of individual magnets for each string, is that for higher output? Later for now.  
11/4/2002 1:12 AM
Dr Strangelove

Evan wrote:
"What is up with Duncan Dimebag humbuckers with two strips of magnets instead of individual magnets for each string, is that for higher output?"
The Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker uses steel blades instead of a screws and slugs, and is overwound to compensate for the brightness that a ceramic magnet gives to a pickup.  
The blades are probably a series 400 stainless since most of the other stainless steels are not magnetic.  
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11/4/2002 10:23 AM

The non-screw poles on a Gibson humbucker are metal and not magnets. They touch the same magnet at the bottom of the pickup that the screw pole side touches. It is usually an ALNICO magnet. There are humbuckers made that do actually have magnet poles in one of the coils, but they don't seem to be very popular.  
In my experience, it's not a big deal if the pole-pieces and strings don't line up perfectly. As long as they are pretty close, they do the job fine.  
I modded a Jackson PAF copy to have screw poles on both coils. I can't say it sounds any better than if it had the standard screw/slug combo. It sounded like shit on the last recordings I made with it and I suspect the magnet is in wrong.  
(still too cheap to go get a compass)
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