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Post subject: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:04 pm
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Hi friends,
Is there a way for boosting and also increasing the power of single coil and humbucker pickups for better sounding?


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:51 pm
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Closer to the string PU are more powerful. Too close they will sound bad.
Or use booster pedal.

You should tell us why you want to boost pickups ?

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:11 pm
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Too close and they will sound bad, throw off your intonation, and reduce sustain.
Most players find factory settings a touch too high.
If your pickups are not driving the amp hard enough, it is usually best to add a clean boost or basic overdrive pedal with the drive dialed back.

If you just want more volume, you bought the wrong amp. Most all Fender pickups, including the inexpensive Squiers, have plenty of output.

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:35 am
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CB91710 wrote:
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Too close and they will sound bad, throw off your intonation, and reduce sustain.
Most players find factory settings a touch too high.
If your pickups are not driving the amp hard enough, it is usually best to add a clean boost or basic overdrive pedal with the drive dialed back.

If you just want more volume, you bought the wrong amp. Most all Fender pickups, including the inexpensive Squiers, have plenty of output.


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:15 am
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stratele52 wrote:
Closer to the string PU are more powerful. Too close they will sound bad.
Or use booster pedal.

You should tell us why you want to boost pickups ?

Thank you...
Attaching extra magnets behind the pickups will work or not?
My humbuckers are really hi out put but they dont have any harmonics
http://www.irongear.co.uk/irongear_pickups_008.htm
I put hot slag pickup (17 kohm output) on bridge position for my les paul
But it did not have powerfull sound and no artificial harmonics


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:28 am
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IMO harmonics have nothing to do with pickups output.

Lots of guitars player with vintage single coil Strat ( medium and low output ) can produce nice harmonics.

https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/10-Th ... -Harmonics

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:21 am
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Output is only part of the equation, and a 17k pickup is a pretty high output pickup.
The fact that it's a $30 pickup tells more of the story. If you want an extremely high output pickup passive, look no further than the Seymour Duncan Invader or Nazgul.

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:56 am
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CB91710 wrote:
Output is only part of the equation, and a 17k pickup is a pretty high output pickup.
The fact that it's a $30 pickup tells more of the story. If you want an extremely high output pickup passive, look no further than the Seymour Duncan Invader or Nazgul.


+1

32 Pounds = $39 US = low budget.
Most know good pickups cost twice.

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:37 pm
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For comparison... The Duncan Dimebucker (Pantera) is 16.5k, ceramic magnet.
They are also triple the cost of those Irongear pickups.
A stock Les Paul pickup (more than enough output) is only about 6k.

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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:23 am
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Now, I don't share the opinion that cheap pickups wouldn't produce harmonics (although I wonder about the Les Paul with Irongears combo in general).

@ali_k, how long have you been playing? What kind of amp do you have, what kind of pedals, if any? Was the pickup change made by someone who knows ho to? And are you actually talking about harmonics or maybe feedback or sustain..?


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:23 am
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CB91710 wrote:
Output is only part of the equation, and a 17k pickup is a pretty high output pickup.
The fact that it's a $30 pickup tells more of the story. If you want an extremely high output pickup passive, look no further than the Seymour Duncan Invader or Nazgul.

Thanks for your answer.
I agree with you. Cheap P.U are not worth to buy.


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:30 am
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jmattis wrote:
Now, I don't share the opinion that cheap pickups wouldn't produce harmonics (although I wonder about the Les Paul with Irongears combo in general).


@ali_k, how long have you been playing? What kind of amp do you have, what kind of pedals, if any? Was the pickup change made by someone who knows ho to? And are you actually talking about harmonics or maybe feedback or sustain..?

I have and use a lot of pedals.
from boss ds-1 keeley mod to russian big muff, also have boss metal zone keeley mod and hardwire TL-2 for metal sounds.
I have one 15 watt transistor japanese amp and one fender super reverb.
I've been playing for more than 12 years.
I already want sustain and feedback from my pickups but the P.U did'nt give good feedback and sustain


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Post subject: Re: How to Increase the power of pickups?
Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:31 am
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It sounds like you use far too much gain to have any clarity to your sound.
The Super was not designed for high gain metal sounds.
The Super needs to be turned up loud to give of its best, and when you do turn it up loud the distortion pedals will screw the sound up.

Add a Deathbucker into the mix and it will just add to your problems.

Joe Satriani's Fred Humbucker has AlNiCo V magnets, and a DCR of around 10K, and has drive and clarity by the bucketful.
It also cleans up nicely when you roll the guitar volume down.

Slash uses a signature set that use AlNiCo II magnets and have a DCR of 8.9K.

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