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Have you ever recorded a guitar track and then realized the tone just wasn’t quite right?
A pickup is nothing more but a large strand of copper wire, wrapped thousands of times around a holder (called the bobbin) forming a coil, and somewhere stuck to the coil you have a magnet. In some very simple designs the magnet itself can be the bobbin! The wires of a pickups are extremely thin – something like the thickness of hairs, maybe even thinner. But there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all,’ standard wire.
In this article I want to talk about the physics behind pickups in order to explain why using the DC resistance as a measure of output is not the best way of viewing the output of a pickup. But first, what is DC in the first place? Why is it relevant at all when it comes to pickups? When those questions are answered we have to take a look at the origin of the signal itself: where does the signal come from? Why are magnets and coils so crucial?
“Do I need a buffer?” It’s one of the most confounding questions on guitarist’s minds on the Seymour Duncan User Group Forums and elsewhere. Truth be told, there is no easy one-size-fits-all answer, but there are a few simple things you can try to figure out what your rig needs, and what it doesn’t.