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    Default Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    Is it acceptable/common to mix Alnico pickups with a ceramic based p/u like the JBjr?

    I currently have a JBjr in the bridge position of my MusicMan Silhoutte and would like to upgrade the totally lame DiMarzio singles in the neck and middle to something more dynamic. Any recommendations as to single-coils that would compliment that mini-humbucker?

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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    It's very common to mix AlNiCo mag pups with ceramics.

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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    I don't see a problem with mixing magnet types.
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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    It's not an issue, although when blending pups it is beneficial if they use the same magnet.

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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    Quote Originally Posted by FamousForSustain View Post
    It's not an issue, although when blending pups it is beneficial if they use the same magnet.
    What's the theory behind that?

    I'm blending ceramic, alnico 2, and 5 pickups on 1 guitar.

    It sounds good to me.
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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    Quote Originally Posted by FamousForSustain View Post
    It's not an issue, although when blending pups it is beneficial if they use the same magnet.
    Not really. Obviously a lot depends on personal taste but you could have two pickups with the same magnet type and grade that don't blend well at all and vice versa.
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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    Thanks guys... I'm glad to hear it's ok to mix. I'll check out those recommendations.

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    Default Re: Mixing AlNiCo & Ceramic common?

    My favorite part about blending different magnet types is that generally they compress differently. That means when you dig into the notes you start to get a different blend during the envelope. So you can have an in-between strat tone that attacks really bright and decays more warmly, etc. You can have an LP middle tone that is a little more neck heavy when you're really digging in, and a little more bridge heavy when you're playing lightly. Of course these are very minor artifacts that only you and your midi-chlorians will be able to detect...

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