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    Quote Originally Posted by lazyfinger View Post
    I'm curious, is it possible to charge the alnicos by attaching to ceramic 8?
    Yes ,depending on the size & strength of the ceramic 8 magnet
    i dont think a humbucker bar magnet will do
    but stacking magnets doubles there strength

    Quote Originally Posted by JHN View Post
    Most important question is if we can permanently change polarity in single coil slugs by using 2 discs,1 facing pickup from up and 1 from bellow.Say for example north(disk) facing top of slug,south(disk) facing bottom of slug will permanently charge the slug as opposite per disc for each side?Hope I expressed it well enough.That could save a lot of wiring and pickup changing to some people.
    You can reverse the magnet polarity by using neo disc & like you mentioned
    but how is it going to save wiring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Raxz View Post
    Which leads me to ask; does Stewart McDonald, or anyone else, sell a device to measure the actual gauss of our pups so that we can see if we are doing it right?
    You will need a Gauss meter to measure the strength of a magnet
    They cost hundreds

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    Quote Originally Posted by copperheadroads View Post
    Yes ,depending on the size & strength of the ceramic 8 magnet
    i dont think a humbucker bar magnet will do
    but stacking magnets doubles there strength
    Yes, that's what I mean, not completely magnetizing a non-magnetized alnico, but rather increase their strength with an equal size ceramic 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copperheadroads View Post

    You will need a Gauss meter to measure the strength of a magnet
    They cost hundreds
    Ouch! I guess Ill just stick em on the fridge and feel how hard it is to pull them off, ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by copperheadroads View Post
    You can reverse the magnet polarity by using neo disc & like you mentioned
    but how is it going to save wiring ?
    I have reversed the single coil cables in many hss fender strats,as i prefer a noisy split duncan humbucker+single middle 4th position sound than a noiseless but out of phase.Reason is I mostly use it with very little or no gain at all,and I hate out of phase sounds.
    So,slug polarity reversal in single coils can be done with 2 neodymium discs hmmmmmmmm.

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    Just waving it over the top doesn't work. You need to be aware of which way each pole of the magnet in the pickup points. With a bridge pickup, assuming you want to weaken it and assuming it's the more standard layout of the S pole touching the screws (N touching slugs), you wave it over the bridge (the actual bridge, not bridge pickup) with the S side of the disk pointing toward the screws, but with the flat plane of the disk as close to perpendicular to the top of the pickup as possible and still have an effect. Not 90 degrees but about 70 to 80.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    I tested this out today. I'm obviously a fool, either I can't notice the difference, or I'm doing it wrong.

    At first, I waved it across the pickup, about an inch above the pickups, with the magnet parallel to the top of the guitar, heard very little difference. Flipped it over, tried again, also, not enough difference to know if it was an actual change or just placebo. Then followed the instructions more closely, did it around 2" above the outer bridge poles, with the face of the disc aimed toward the poles.

    Is this correct? Should I be hearing a drastic difference? Any change in output?
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    Thanks Zhang!!

    Will I notice a decrease in output, or just a change in tone?
    Anything I post is based on first hand experience.

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    A little of both, depending on how close and how fast/slow the wave is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhangliqun View Post
    It's all trial and error and depends on how much you want to degauss. Just a few seconds on a side (S to S and N to N) will take the edge off.

    Although now I have come up with a new way of both degaussing and re-gaussing without even having to take the pu out of the guitar. Just use a neo disk mag like you can get from Stewmac and wave it once very quickly along the length of the pickup with the disk a couple of inches above the pickup, off to the side, with the surface of the disk at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the pu. How much degauss or recharge effect is determined by how fast you wave the disk and how far away the disk is from the pickup. Faster and farther away both = less effect.

    This is a great way for several reasons:

    1) It's goofproof. If you degauss it too much, just flip the disk over and wave it again to recharge it, flip it again and try again.

    2) You don't have to do anything to the guitar at all, you don't even have to remove strings or pickups.

    3) You hear the results immediately. You can have the guitar in your lap plugged into the amp while you do this so you can really dial in the tone. Wave it and play, wave it and play -- no memory degradation of what it sounded like before as would happen during the time you had to yank the pickup out of the guitar and then yank the magnet out of the pu.

    I recommend the wave be to the "outside" of the pickups, meaning over the bridge for the bridge pu and over the neck for the neck pu. This way the neo disk's magnetic field doesn't affect the other pickup.
    OK, I hate to necro-bump here, but this article is very compelling and I think a few more things could be clarified for posterity...

    1. How does this "waving disk method" apply to humbuckers? could we leave a humbucker in the guitar as well? Would a 1/2" neo mag be strong enough to recharge the magnet through that thick plastic?? (I am in a situation where i need to re-magnetize a magnet and i would rather not have to open up the pickup of course...)

    2. once we determine the polarity of the magnet that we will be using to degauss (or in this case re-gauss...), wouldn't we still have to take out the humbucker and figure out the polarity of that magnet as well, so as to not jack up the polarity of that magnet?? Unless, well, it is common knowledge that the N end of the magnet inside the humbucker is always pointing towards the neck and not the bridge. Wait, did i say that correctly??

    So yeah, a little more help and clarity on this procedure would be appreciated... I found a tube of NEO magnets at the local hardware store for 3 bucks!!

    Also, 2 more questions here:

    1. Can we recharge ceramic magnets with this method??

    2. Why does iti have to be a neodymnium magnet that we use to do the recharging/ decharging? Someone brought up a good question about just using a really stong normal magnet -like the one off our guitar speakers...Anyway... Cheers...
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    1- i dont think you can recharge ceramics, at least ive never seen it done.
    2- neodymium is much stronger than the ceramic magnet on a speaker, up to 18x stronger is what ive heard. the speaker magnet is bigger and im sure you could charge alnico to some extent but not sure itll be enough to hold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    1- i dont think you can recharge ceramics, at least ive never seen it done.
    2- neodymium is much stronger than the ceramic magnet on a speaker, up to 18x stronger is what ive heard. the speaker magnet is bigger and im sure you could charge alnico to some extent but not sure itll be enough to hold.
    Well, forgive this ignorant question -but how does the ceramic magnet get charged in the first place?? And doesn't stand to reason that if my magnet has been "de-charged" it can then again be re=charged?? Unless, it's just much easier to de-charge a magnet rather than re-charge...?

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    ceramic magnets (hard ferrite) are molded and charged as they are made as far as i know. its not easy to charge or de-charge a ceramic magnet

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    ceramic magnets (hard ferrite) are molded and charged as they are made as far as i know. its not easy to charge or de-charge a ceramic magnet
    Hmm... so I'm wondering what may have happened to my pickup then? The resistance is reading the same on my multimeter, but it just doesn't sound right at all. It's hooked up properly and I have two other pickups of the same model that sound as they should... The only thing I can think of is that the magnet has been demagnetized. The pickup was sitting in a box with a very strong neodymnium magnet for a while (stupid on my part) -Could that have demagnetized it perhaps??

    Hmm... If one of the leads was jacked up then the resistance would not read as regular on the multimeter, correct??

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    in theory yes, a neo mag could have messed things up. they are crazy strong. if the wiring was messed up most likely it would not read correctly but again its hard to say with certainty.

    what pup is this? in any case if the magnet is messed up youll probably need to pull it out.

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    jeremy, Thanks a lot for getting back to me!!

    The pickup is an old stock humbucker from a Westone Spectrum ST. Love the sound of those...

    Actually, I think I figured it out. The leads are fine and the magnet is fine as well. I think the main problem was my connection...

    I did two things

    1. i pulled the pickup apart and flipped the magenet end over end, so that the N pole was till facing towards the neck (didn't know what that was supposed to do, but whatever...)

    2. I am using this ancient (the stock one that came with the guitar that I learned how to solder on...) volume pot that has a humongous, R2D2 sized mountain of solder on it. Before, I just smashed the ground from the pup into this mountain of solder, but just now I decided to disconnect the ground and resolder it to the side of the pot where it was clean and solder free... Everything is coming through clean now and the pickup sounds (I think) how it should...

    Thanks again for your time...

    T

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    ive never seen a ceramic lose it charge other than being broken. glad got it working!

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    Oh awesome! Problem solved. But it was interesting to me to learn a little bit about magnets.
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