Question about Ceramic PUs

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by Mr Bones, May 30, 2007.

  1. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones V.I.P. Member

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    Are they really "better" for high gain, or do they just not sound as bad when the gain goes up?
     
  2. Nugget

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    If you're using so much gain that tone isn't part of the equation then a humbucker equipped with a ceramic magnet can help to generate a higher output from the pickup. The downside is that they make for a very harsh and brittle sounding pickup. Probably the worst example of this I've heard lately is from a guy called Claude Johnson. Check the link......

    3 Note Per String Scales

    Oh how I want to sell this guy some decent pickups..............
     
  3. hedzeppelin

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    I have DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion on my Epi LP Standard Plaintop, and
    it sounds great. That's a ceramic pup. Ace Frehley used 3 of them in his LP
    and it sounded great, too.
     
  4. LoKi

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    I have a SH-5 in my SG and it sounds incredible. It is very clear, and not as brittle as I expected in the SG, and with some subtle volume control it can warm right up and is actually quite versitile.

    With a 59 in the neck, and both humbuckers on, its an amazing sound for clean tones.

    I also have a Dimarzio Evolution and it SMOKES. I've had it in my Custom and its so huge, with a very unique vocal quality I've never heard from a pickup before. I've since put it in my old skool RG 550 and its one of my favorite lead sounds in the studio.
     
  5. Mystic

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    The ceramic magnets have less mids (scooped). High gain amps + lots of mids fatigue the ear quicker IMHO. Some think They also tend to have ice-picky highs.
     
  6. WBPickups

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    Mystic.... Love your quote! Too F'n funny!

    I have experimented a lot with ceramics and I have used them on some low winds with great success. I have a couple of customers that have requested those specifically and they play not one ounce of hard rock... I had a guitar at the NAMM show that I was showing off... And asked everyone if they can guess the mags in it... Everyone got it wrong. They were ceramics...

    Will
     
  7. LoKi

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    Ceramic magnets have many uses. I've been using ceramics since my first guitar *Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe, with old, old Dirty Fingers in it*... and I've found it to be a big sound, clear as a bell, but controllable with a little volume/tone manipulation.

    They are very high output, but that doesn't mean they can only be used for rock. In front of a dirty amp, you'll get a little more distortion out of the amp, but throw a compressor in front of a twin reverb and you'll surprise yourself at the tone coming out of those ceramic mags. ;)
     
  8. Mystic

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    I didn't mean to imply that ceramics were bad. They are just "different". I've made a few that sounded OK and a few that sounded horrible. I'm still looking for that secret formula that works with a ceramic mag. I've got a few that were close.
     

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