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Alnico or Ceramic? Squier or not

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by RMRJR, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. RMRJR

    RMRJR Strat-Talk Member

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    Trying to figure out if this is Alnico or Ceramic pickup. I will say there is considerable wax on the back of the bobbin.

    Is the presence of the DM-50 vs DY-50 switch a give away that this is a MIJ squier?
     
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  2. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    Looks AlNico to me.
     
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  3. altar

    altar Former Member

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    Yeah looks like Alnicos. CAn't help you with the switch question though sorry.
     
  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They're alnico, ceramics have bar magnets under the bobbin. The DM-50 means it was fitted with a DM-50. MIJ? Let's see pictures of the guitar.
     
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  5. RMRJR

    RMRJR Strat-Talk Member

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    There is a significant amount of wax on the bottom of the bobbins, which means that there is a possibility that someone has removed the ceramic to make it look like an Alnico pickup. This pickguard was a replacement I just bought to go on my MIJ contemporary strat.

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  6. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    RI
    IMG_3549.JPG Looking at the pix, I lightened the photo and they are def MIJ alnico. Plastic bobbin with the weird smudgy crap on them. I had the same in my 1986 Contemporary Strat.
     
  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do the pickups work?

    @mutato got there first. :D
     
  8. RMRJR

    RMRJR Strat-Talk Member

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    I have not connected them up yet to test. I wanted some feedback before i soldered them in. I plan on testing them this weekend now that i have confidence that they are in fact Alnico. Thanks for your help guys!
     
  9. archetype

    archetype Strat-O-Master

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    Nov 26, 2016
    Williamsville NY
    An excellent question. :D If yes, AlNiCo magnets. If no, or if the sound is incredibly faint, the ceramic magnet(s) are missing.
     
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  10. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    The smudge material might be working as a 'wax potting' idea by filling all the gaps (hopefully) between the windings.
     
  11. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If they sound good keep um.


    If not updgrade to Texas Specials. Vintage jive more output and louder too.
     
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  12. RMRJR

    RMRJR Strat-Talk Member

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    They sound great! just hooked it all back up. Definitely Alnico's

    E5 MIJ strat w/system 1 trem
     

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  13. Naradajim

    Naradajim Senior Stratmaster

    Were you able to find all the parts for the system one and locking nut? I have a contemporary SSH that I love but a couple of threads are iffy, and missing some of the tightening screws for the nut. Do you know of a source?
     
  14. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    RI
    Here’s the actual shot of my pickups for the 1986 contemporary Strat. They have those plastic bobbins and weird square holes and goopy stuff on them. Probably leftover from soldering leads and or glue residue for holding pole pieces in the plastic. But pretty unique. Sound is good, little on the lower side of output.

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  15. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah they are supposed to be a 50s style set. Usually low out put.


    I go back and forth between my Classic Series stock and another one with texas sepcials. The stock pups on the classic series are very low out put buy have great dynamics.
     
  16. RMRJR

    RMRJR Strat-Talk Member

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    As a matter of fact I have a complete extra one with trem arm. Two of the fine tuners look like replacement.

    If you just need parts they are fairly easy to find, just not cheap. frets on the neck has the saddle screws for $18 a set. Stratconnection sells parts, a little pricey.
     

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