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Is there any difference between open coil humbuckers and humbuckers with gold or nickle plated coverings over them (if they were in all other ways the same pickup.) Are there any advantages/disadvantages to having it one way or the other? Is there any tone difference?
 

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dave is right, the mellower tone is due to the fact that the covers "sum" up the pole pieces and spread out the magnetic field over the course of the pickup. whereas the exposed poles concentrate the field per string.


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