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    I am customizing a solid body electric Mandolin. Can you please suggest me good Magnetic pickups for the Mandolin?

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    Default Re: Magnetic Pickup suggestions for solid body electric mandolin

    One that fits the hole in the body

    But the "rails" pickups are good as there are no pole pieces. Use a hot rails pickup if you want to rock out, or the Seymour Duncan cool rails if you want more of a smooth blues/jazz tone. Or you could use a "lipstick" pickup if you want the surfer dude sound.

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    I like individual poles to adjust sensitivity for each string. My favorites are Steve Ryder's pickups--he makes 4- and 5-pole pickups, single coil, stacked-single-coil humbucking, and side-by-side humbucking. His shop is in Portland, Maine.

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    I guess first I would ask what sound you are going after, clean or distorted. Kent Armstrong makes a thin humbucker that has a ohms and is great for a clean sound. Something higher in the 10k or + range if you want to rock out. Marshall Hammet also makes a pickup for a mandolin that is small.
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    Check out Almuse.
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    Second vote for Almuse.

    But you could try giving us some information, like:

    1) Where are you located?
    2) What is the size of the mandolin's pickup cavity? Width, length, depth?
    3) What pickup did it have, and why are you dissatisfied with that pickup?
    4) How many strings does the mandolin have?
    5) What style of music do you want to play?

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    Default Re: Magnetic Pickup suggestions for solid body electric mandolin

    I built a solidbody for a friend and ordered one from

    http://customshop.seymourduncan.com/...ini-humbucker/

    I forget what specs we ordered, but that pickup sounded great, I'm planning on ordering a few just haven't had the spare cash yet
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    As was stated above, it really depends on what kind of sound you're going for, and where the pickup is located. My favorite electric guitar sounds are old Gibson PAF pickups and real single coil Fender tones. If I was building an electric mandolin, I'd set it up with a Telecaster bridge pickup and a Stratocaster neck pickup.

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    The Kent Armstrong and Marshell Hammlet pickups are around the same, 6-7k ohms and should be similar in sound. They are both much cheaper tho. I have used the Kent Armstrong that is very thin, much thinner than most pickups and it sounded very good, actually very acoustic depending on what you plugged into and how loud you played. I have a Hammlet in the shop now, but haven't put it in a mandolin yet but I think it will also sound good and is very small physically.
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    Hello... Thank You so much for your suggestions ...
    I live in India. The main reason to build a solid body Mandolin is to help myself play Indian classical music .. I am looking for a clear sound (though i would love to experiment with different kinds of tones later ,even distorted ones).

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    Default Re: Magnetic Pickup suggestions for solid body electric mandolin

    For a clear sound keep the pickup low ohms, like 6-7.5k ohms. Also don't put it too close to the strings, let your amp work more.
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