How long do pickups last?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Cerb, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This might be a silly question, but how long do pups last? What goes bad? Magnets, wirings, castings? I'm asking because I've found a guitar that I really, really like. You know how when you have a new guitar always fiddle around to find out what sounds you can get out of it. Well, I'm blown away by the sound it produces. This is probably from lack of experience but it's like nothing I've played before. The pickups in it are now 38 years old and long since out of production. I was thinking that maybe I should find a spare used set. Then again I guess they would age the same not being used?
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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  3. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 The Wizard next door................ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    As you can see, it depends on what they are made of, how they're made, and how much the components do/don't degrade over time, as well as how protected they are from outside damage.

    Some pickups give up the ghost after only a few years. Some seem intent on living forever.
     
  4. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    There are plenty of guitars from the 40s, 50s and 60s still with the original pickups.
    Sometimes they do fail. But I expect most of them out there are still working fine.
    Yea, something I worry about, I guess, but not enough to not take them out and play them.
     
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    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

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    just about a week and then you'll want a different set.....lol
     
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    Well, yeah, there IS that factor............:D
     
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    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    As long as the pickup isn't exposed to water or extreme temps, excess vibration or really rough handling, they should outlast us.
     
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