3D Guitar Pickups

Natural Stereo & Natural Mono - A new 12 coil pickup technology

Regular mono pickup coil positions only reads the Y axis of the string movement.

3Dxy technology uses 12 coils to read 6 strings, and read both axis (X and Y), that means vertical and horizontal string movement.

In 3Dxy system each string has two coils. Both coils make a 90ยบ angle, and read the string position in the space. Each coil reads a different signal but complementary. When we hear both signals in a stereo sound system it produces a natural surround sensation 3D.

This is what we call "natural stereo".

3D Pickup Diagram

The 3Dxy natural mono is produced by adding both L and R channels resulting from a 3Dxy natural stereo pickup.

The resulting natural mono signal has all the details of the 3Dxy natural stereo, but we loose the surround 3D feature.

We can say that natural mono is more rich than traditional mono, because now we have complete string vibration information (X and Y axis).

The 3Dxy pickups output level and sensibility is grater than old mono pickups. This is because 3Dxy pickups have more spins in a grater number of coils (two in one string).

3Dxy pickups offer beter harmonics and larger decay. This was one of the sweet things that we discovered. There is no difference with an acoustic harmonic. And that is possible because we read both axis (X and Y) in two separated coils. Another reason to call it natural stereo and natural mono, even natural harmonics.

Here's a close up view of the pickups in action:

3D Pickup Diagram

Article written by Just L. Pauls from Pauls 3D Systems

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Well, that's an interesting idea perhaps not thought of before. The pickup itself (shown) looks butt-ugly, but I'm assuming it's just a prototype. I'd like to hear one of these in action, but I'm not sure it is actually needed or can be decerned in very high-volume guitar music. It might be useable in soft jazz or semi-acoustic folk. Offhand, I'm not sure I want my strings "picked up" on another axis; it might bring with it artifacts/noises I might not desire. I like the mention of enhanced note harmonic content. All in all, this is a very interesting experiment.

I agree

Hi Teleplayer,
I agree with you. But there are no artifacts/noises at all. Because we read the string position with 2 coils "in the same point". So the sound is natural and coherent.
You can hear all the demos at http://www.pauls3dsystems.com/3Dxy/index.php/en/demos.html
Enjoy "natural stereo" !!!


Does Just L. Pauls have a new website for the 3dxy pickup.
the old website does not work.

The website is working fine

The website is working fine for me - http://www.pauls3dsystems.tk/

new site

we are working in a new site- soon more news

just l. pauls

New Site for 3Dxy Pickups Project


www.3Dpickups.com the new site for 3Dxy Pickups.

If you want to see 3Dxy stereo in osciloscope XY function:


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