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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6 thoughts on “3D Guitar Pickups”

  1. Re: Natural Stereo & Natural Mono - A new 12 coil... 3D Guitar Pickups
    Teleplayer

    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.

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