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Old 01-04-2009, 07:21 AM
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Alnico vs Ceramic


What are the tonal differences between pickups with alnico magnets as opposed to pickups with ceramic magnets?


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Old 01-04-2009, 07:23 AM
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Re: Alnico vs Ceramic


Ceramic magnets are stronger so typically give you a darker sound with accentuated harmonics due to the pickup's higher output. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that's the main difference.
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Re: Alnico vs Ceramic


Alnico is typically more open, more organic, more "natural" sounding. Ceramic tends to compress, and can be harsh in the mids and highs.

Those are general statements. The guitar they're going in, plus the signal train and the amp (set-up) play a huge role in the sound coming out of the speaker (and even that plays a role).
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Re: Alnico vs Ceramic


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Alnico is typically more open, more organic, more "natural" sounding. Ceramic tends to compress, and can be harsh in the mids and highs.

Those are general statements. The guitar they're going in, plus the signal train and the amp (set-up) play a huge role in the sound coming out of the speaker (and even that plays a role).
I agree. When I plug in with an Evolution in the bridge and compare it to something like a Duncan Custom Custom or Dimarzio FRED, I can really pick up on the compression of the Evo and the more open sound of an Alnico II or Alnico V magnet.
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