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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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bobbin toppers or pickup covers?

What is the difference between bobbin toppers and pickup covers?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 11:48 PM
 
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Open-coil humbucking pickups have the coils wound around plastic bobbins, which are usually black, cream, white, or any number of colours. You cannot easily (and permanently) change the colour of the bobbins on a humbucker.

Single-coil pickups (strat-type) get their colour from a plastic cover that encases the whole pickup, with the exception of the pole pieces, which protrude through the top.

On a humbucking pickup, bobbin toppers just cover the top of the bobbin (duh) and leave the pole pieces and coils exposed. A bobbin topper on a single coil just goes over the top part of the existing plastic pickup cover.

Pickup covers on a humbucker are usually metal, usually cover at least one row of pole pieces, and are usually soldered to the pickup's base plate to give improved shielding and grounding. They also affect the pickup's tone slightly.

Single coil (strat-style) pickup covers are usually just plastic, and can be swapped out if you want different coloured pickups.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 06:08 AM
 
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Do bobbin toppers (for humbuckers) just lay flat on the top of the pickup (like a piece of flat plastic) or are they shaped to go around the edge of the pickup?
I'm considering some black & cream ones for a zebra-stripe effect on my RG620..

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 08:44 AM
 
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I believe bobbin toppers just lay flat on top.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 10:56 AM
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Yep....flat on top and are great! They fit perfectly as long as you get F-spaced covers for F-spaced pups and standard for standard.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 11:26 AM
 
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I don't suppose anyone has a pic of cream & black bobbin toppers on a guitar (in a zebra stripe pattern) ?
Or in fact a pic of any colour, other than chrome/gold, on a guitar ?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 11:46 AM
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Just the pics on www.universaljems.com
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