View Full Version : Differences between Ceramic vs. Alnico magnets

mad dawg
Jun-14-2005, 5:40pm
I have a couple of technical questions regarding pick-ups for solid-body axes:

1) What makes one pickup sound better than another?

2) I've seen single-coil pickups advertised with both ceramic and alnico magnets, and the alnico pickups seem to cost more; what are the technical and performance differences them? Are there other types of magnets that make for a better pickup than these?

3) Are there any good reference web sites out there that I can visit for more info?

Thank you,

Jun-14-2005, 6:38pm
Mad Dawg, check out this link. Bill Lawrence Pickupology (http://www.billlawrence.com/Pages/Pickupology/Contents.htm)

mad dawg
Jun-14-2005, 8:19pm
Cool site -- thanks for the link!

Jun-16-2005, 1:02pm
Steve Ryder also makes hand-wound pickups, some especially for mandolin.