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wax potted vs. non wax potted


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so is it possible to still pickup small vibrations (ie pick hitting the pickup) with potted pickups?:confused: I ask because the pickups in my SG seem to be potted yet it will make a sound when I tap the pick on top of the pickup.

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I've been looking at Seth Lovers also. I wonder if wire breakage would really be a concern. Original Gibson PU's weren't potted and they are some of the most sought after. I guess you could wax pot the SL's if you were concerned about microphonics. From SD's sound clip files, the SL's are definitely the best for the tone I'm looking for. I like having a bit more mid for a fuller sound.

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it's not so much to do with tapping the pickup with ur pick, that'll always generate noise.

 

It's to do with one of the tiny little windings in the pickup resonating with, say, a note or something, and it vibrates in sympathy and obviously moves around and bangs into the other tiny little wires. It can start to oscilate at said frequency making the pickup squeal.

 

Wax potting waxes everything in place and stops those little wires from being able to move around.

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There's way more benefits to wax potting a pickup than not. Any sound differences are better addressed by changing the number of windings or the magnet. Vibrations from the guitar body shake the windings loose over time and then you get movement of the windings leading to unpredictable sounds...more often than not bad. You also get "pickup squeel feedback" easier because the windings vibrate sympathetically with the note being played easier.

 

 

 

 

If you have an unwaxed pickup you like a lot, dip it in hot wax and clean it off. It will probably sound the same if not better.

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Originally posted by guitarcapo


If you have an unwaxed pickup you like a lot, dip it in hot wax and clean it off. It will probably sound the same if not better.

 

 

I've heard way too many stories to the contrary to do this. I think I'd rather just buy new pickups that are already waxed.

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