Why do pickups wear out?

Posted by Brian C on Thu, 07/12/01 - 21:43:50.

My late 70's Strat's sound has gradualy died with no quality to the sound and too much high end. Is this the pickups dying or something else?



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Re: Why do pickups wear out?

Hmm.I think the magnets lose their charge after a while.The negative electrons meet up with the positive electrons,cancelling each other out.So, there's no polarity.I might be wrong,if anyone else knows...pray tell!
Hmm

Re: Why do pickups wear out?

: My late 70's Strat's sound has gradualy died with no quality to the sound and too much high end. Is this the pickups dying or something else?

Brian, there are many ways pickups lose their kick.
Single coils with alnico magnets like strats start losing magnetism in 2 years. Humbuckers with
alnicos in about 3 years. Alnicos look like gray
metal, ceramics look brownish. Also sweat and
moisture corrode the magnet wire

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