By Phoenix Girard. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 20:00:18 PM.
The key takeaway is this: when you are playing electric guitar, you are typically working with unbalanced cable runs. Unbalanced cables are fine. In fact, many super-expensive stereo systems use them. The key is that you do not want unbalanced cables to be too long. If the cable is too long, the signal can degrade and you can get extra noise on the line. The setup strategies I showed you above will keep your unbalanced cables at strategically short lengths, but still give you plenty of room to roam around on stage. Now go rock the house!
Once the harness was removed I grabbed roll of masking tape and taped the floss to the guitar body at the holes. This was to ensure that the ends of the floss would not go into the guitar, making it even more difficult to get the wiring assembly back into the guitar. Then I fired up my soldering iron and fixed the broken connection. While I was at it I thought it would be a good idea to check all the other connections to make sure they were solid. I did not want to have to do this again.
Among single coil pickups and humbuckers, there are many variations in how they are constructed and how they sound. Basically, a pickup is a row of magnets wrapped in copper wire. So changes in the magnets and the wire affect the sound. Alnico V magnets are commonly used in single coil pickups, like Fender's Texas Special pickups for Stratocasters and Telecasters; they are stronger magnets and have a sharper sound. Alnico II magnets are more common in humbuckers, like Gibson's Classic '57 pickups; they are softer magnets and they have a smoother tone.
The magnetic picks tend to be broken into two categories: The single coil pickup, and the double coil or humbucking pickup. Magnetic pickups gain their magnetic fields most commonly from two styles of magnets. There are pickups that will have a magnet that is a rod that will be attached to the base of the pickup, while other pickups achieve magnetism from pole pieces. Pole pieces are magnetic cylinders that come out of the pick and in some pickups adjustments can be made to strengthen the sound of the string.
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