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"Alnico V HB90" that is ceramic pickup

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by rrr969, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. rrr969

    rrr969 New Member!

    Oct 23, 2016
    I bought one
    "Alnico V HB90"
    golden bridge pickup from aliexpress, and it was as if with metal inside if you look from holes beneath, but if you disassemble them you will discover two ceramic bars. Description definitely and brazenly lying says Alnico V.

    They sell them on aliexpress Stores:
    Tomwin Outdoor Store
    Haofang Outdoor Store

    If you're looking for some single-coil snap and twang, from your humbucker equipped guitar, take a look at the Vanson
    Alnico V 'HB90'. A fat P90 single coil in a standard humbucker sized body.
    Our P90's are a perfect mid-ground between
    a humbucker and a traditional single-coil.
    Thick and full without sounding muddy, but not overly bright.
    With plenty of mids, your clean and crunch tones will have more definition, allowing your chords to ring out.

    Condition: New
    Color: GoldBridge, GoldNeck, SilverBridge, SilverNeck
    Dimension: 7x3.7x2cm
    Wire Length: 39cm
    To Fit Guitar: LesPaul
    Type: Pickups
    Parts Type: HB90

    Same as Vanson AlNiCo V P90, Humbucker size Single Coil Pickup, HB90

    Search "1Pcs Alnico V P90 Guitar Pickup Set Humbucker size Single Coil HB90" pictures and you will find this sham pickup everywhere, f.i. on ebay.
    Wire Length: 39cm MPN:
    Dimension: 7x3.7x2cm Parts Type: HB90
    Manufacturer Part Number:
    To Fit Guitar: Les Paul

    They really are ceramic pickups, two magnet bars inside are wrapped in foil to mimic metal. First pictures are copied from ads, and after are two my photos with pickup open. Most common names for them are Zebra and Vanson.

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  2. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack

    Dec 15, 2006
    Reading over yer shoulder
    P-90 pickups are constructed with Alnico bar magnets. Are you absolutely sure those bars are ceramic?
  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Return of the Red Helmet Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Where the road and the sky collide.
    Moral of the story is: Don't believe what they say about an item on Alibaba.
    Doug B and Willie D like this.
  4. jjlemon

    jjlemon Strat-Talker

    Jun 27, 2015
    South Wales
    They're on ebay as well, Vanson HB90. The owners of 'Vanson guitars' might not know they are not alnico. Their website is not functioning, although they have a store on ebay.

    There were forum (not this forum) rumours that Vanson pickups were Artec made, like many others cheapish brands. But I can't imagine Artec doing this ie, faking an Alnico magnet by wrapping a ceramic in foil. Seems more likely a cheap generic Chinese made pickup of dubious quality. Perhaps the ones bought directly from Vanson are Alnico? That said some people rave about them.o_O

    I tend to buy low cost pickups, but try to stick with Artec's own brand, or more recently WSC music Roswell pickups. They're not the cheapest of the cheap, and hopefully they are what they say they are. I wouldn't risk buying anything from Alibaba, I'm just a little risk adverse.
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