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Old March 6th, 2017, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pickup covers

Hey everyone,

I have a question about the humbucker covers. I've replaced the humbuckers on an older LP that I have with the SH-8 Invaders and left the guards off and it sounds awesome. Does anyone have experience with how your guitar sounds after removing the original guards without replacing the pickup itself? If it is a huge improvement I'm considering taking them off of my others as well. Thanks guys!

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Old March 10th, 2017, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I have a question about the humbucker covers. I've replaced the humbuckers on an older LP that I have with the SH-8 Invaders and left the guards off and it sounds awesome. Does anyone have experience with how your guitar sounds after removing the original guards without replacing the pickup itself? If it is a huge improvement I'm considering taking them off of my others as well. Thanks guys!

Keep it loud,
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It makes the pickups brighter, in the same way that switching a 500k pot to a 1 meg pot would. The reason it's the same is because both of these things modify the Q factor of the pickup.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup. I found this out years ago when I took the gold-plated covers off some Gibson pickups and liked them better. And that was before I learned how dangerous it is to do that! You can easily break one of the tiny wires and the whole pickup is dead.
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Same for me, makes 'em brighter. I always keep them on the neck to keep that one sounding a bit muddier! My favorite position especially on an LP!
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Old March 14th, 2017, 07:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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On for me!

I'm ancient enough to remember when folk first started taking the covers off. Yes, maybe it makes them brighter if that's what you want but the cover is part of the shielding and protection and personally I'm not a fan of the look of naked pickups - seems kind of like boasting about the size of your..erm ...exhaust pipe!

You have to be careful with removing the covers unless you know what you are doing and what pickup and construction you have. If it's been encapsulated in resin, forget it; then again some oriental pickups have the entire inside of the case filled with wax. Maybe only an unpotted old-style would be safe as overwound pickups often have the taped coils squeezed into the case and best left untouched.
There is a thing about some covers and capacitance that might impact on the highs. Brass - as in cheaper oriental clones - is not as "transparent" as nickel silver originals and it was found that gold plating also had this effect.
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