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MonkeyDAthos
post Jul 15 2011, 03:54 AM
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what's the difference btwen' open pickups and covered pickups?


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jul 15 2011, 09:17 AM
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Other than cosmetic difference, not sure why they used to have all the pups covered in the early days.

I know there is a difference in sound on the same pickups. With covers the sound is more vintage, output gets lower, and there is a slight hi end cut. Sometimes if you have stronger output pickup, you can put cover and make it more vintage, or vice versa. Cover is attached to the pickup back plate with soldering, so it's best that a professional does this.

I did cover my pickup to see how it sounds, and I didn't really like the result. It looked somewhat cool tho.. cool.gif


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post Jul 15 2011, 12:21 PM
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After researching the subject, I can't find any information on why pickups had covers so we can only assume they were for cosmetic reasons.. and possibly to keep dust or any other substances off the pole pieces. smile.gif

I did read that they stopped offering pickups with covers from the factory to keep costs down..


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post Jul 15 2011, 01:24 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 15 2011, 01:21 PM) *
After researching the subject, I can't find any information on why pickups had covers so we can only assume they were for cosmetic reasons.. and possibly to keep dust or any other substances off the pole pieces. smile.gif

I did read that they stopped offering pickups with covers from the factory to keep costs down..


That makes sense, cause pickups with covers are always slightly expensive then non-covered ones, and soldering is needed. Cover for classic humbucker costs around 10e, it can be found for a lot less on ebay tho..

non covered pickups look better to me btw, dunno about you guys smile.gif


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post Jul 15 2011, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 15 2011, 01:24 PM) *
non covered pickups look better to me btw, dunno about you guys smile.gif


Yeah I think so, although those plastic covers on EMG's look pretty smart smile.gif


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