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    Default Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Anyone ever tried this? I mean putting a skinny bar magnet on the bottom of the lower bobbin. MIM Strat pickups use non-magnet polepieces with bar magnets on the bottom, but what about the bar magnet plus pole magnets?

    If not a magnet, how about just a piece of metal bridging the polepieces?

    My idea is to boost output and midrange, peel a bit of the top-end clatteriness off of the pickups, but without losing the tight bottom end characteristics of the A5 magnets.
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    Anyone ever tried this? I mean putting a skinny bar magnet on the bottom of the lower bobbin. MIM Strat pickups use non-magnet polepieces with bar magnets on the bottom, but what about the bar magnet plus pole magnets?

    If not a magnet, how about just a piece of metal bridging the polepieces?

    My idea is to boost output and midrange, peel a bit of the top-end clatteriness off of the pickups, but without losing the tight bottom end characteristics of the A5 magnets.
    I don't think adding a magnet to other magnets is a good idea, as it'll do just the opposite of what you'r looking for.

    The metal bar (it's called a baseplate) has been used by Lindy Fralin in some of their designs for a long time now. You can buy it from him and try it. It won't really tame the highs, but it'll certainly add some bottom to the equation, that's why it's mostly used on the bridge p'up alone.

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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    On my squire
    I took a humbucker magnet and replaced the ceramic
    The only thing was you have to mount it beside the poles
    Rather than directly below them
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    If your thinking about using a humbucker bar magnet ,the magnet is oriented across the wide part of the magnet(horizontal when sitting in the pickup) unlike those cheap Asian single coil pickups with the one big ceramic magnet on the bottom
    which these are oriented through the thinnest side & vertical with the poles
    So you will have very little contact between magnet & the poles ,you will notice the magnet will not want to stay in this position
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Why don't you just get replacement rod magnets?

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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by ConvoysToNothingness View Post
    Why don't you just get replacement rod magnets?

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    Cause he wants to reinvent the wheel.

    That and replacing the rod magnets in most singles is a good way to destroy a perfectly good pickup
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Try a Fralin baseplate...

    What it does (more or less) is focus the magnetic field and makes the pickup sound a little bigger and fuller w/o overwinding.

    If you like the bridge pickup and are 90% happy with it a baseplate might take you to 100% but if you are only 50% happy with it then look into a new pickup.
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    I tried it once many years ago. Didn't notice any difference.
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    Default Re: Adding a bar magnet to classic-style Strat pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhangliqun View Post
    I tried it once many years ago. Didn't notice any difference.
    Your ears weren't the same many years ago. You may hear it now.
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