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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Stratafied, Dec 6, 2019.
Anyone like ceramic pickups?
Only if they're from 80s and 90s Fender Japan guitars....
I don’t dislike them.
I have a set from an N serial 1994 MIJ, just waiting for the right guitar for them
I know @Thrup'ny Bit is a fan.
I really do. IMO the magnet bar attached underneath the pole pieces is giving them sort of a P90 flavor. The ceramic pickups have a bad reputation and are definitely not "vintage correct" but I found them more versatile than their counterparts in AlNiCo. Than being said there are different types and levels of quality for the ceramic pickup. I like when they are around wound at around 6-7 K.
Two ceramic pickups I like that happen to be cheap low shelf pickups.
Squire Affinity Tele bridge pickup. Under high gain this thing has some thump and cut I just can't get with Alnico, although I did replace it with a vintage original. I replaced it because it would feedback excessively, and when run clean it wasn't very pleasing.
90's Jackson JS-1 bridge pickup. This was the bridge pup from my first guitar, I'm assuming they're trying to make a cheap JB style pickup to put in these things. They succeeded. I still have this pickup sitting in a drawer, as I just repotted it. It screams.
So, if I'm in a high gain mood then yes I like ceramic pickups.
This is the DiMarzio SDS1-
It has the ceramic magnet on the bottom, so it doesn’t fit in a vintage route.
I changed the pole pieces to fillister screws, so it’s like a poor man’s Fralin Steel Pole.
It sounds nothing like a typical strat bridge pickup- it’s very Fat.
A pickup either works or it doesn't. The rest is up to you.
I have Fralin SP43 pickups in my Telecaster which have ceramic bar magnets.
Bass guitar ceramic pickups? Yeah!
Ceramics seem to show up in inexpensive guitars so I guess I’ve associated them with poor quality or as being inferior to Alnico
after breaking in and hearing my Creamback speaker (Ceramic) I’ve been rethinking that as it’s awesome sounding.
Ears of the beholder, style of playing, attack of playing, amplifier settings, guitar setup, effects used, guitar type, body/neck wood, tone control's etc, etc
Yes, on both strats and teles if they are well designed, good pickups. I've also suffered really bad pickups that happened to have ceramic magnets, but I don't think that's why they were poor.
The trick is to use anything you want...but if you are asked tell them its alnico......take a guess if they believe it or not....
Most of my guitars have ceramic pups.
They're all pickups...
Yes. You have to know how to use them. Ceramics are hotter than those weak Alnico Vs. So if a player uses the regular Fender specs, designed for Alnico, then the pickup will be too close to the strings.
If you get a MIM dual bar ceramic Strat pickup you need to get it close to the pickguard. 1/8th inch height difference in any pickup can go from good to bad. More people would use ceramic pickups if they set them by ear rather than from a spec sheet (made for a different product).
I prefer ceramic neck pickups in my strats.