Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Johnnythunders, Oct 5, 2005.
Someone care to contrast the differences? Thanks
As it was explained to me by someone who should know:
A5 - big and bold, edgy on top and has a pretty good bottom end and is fine in the bridge.
A2 - softer/warmer tone that is very sweet sounding in general. Some folks describe it as "the most musical magnet"
agree pretty much. A2 is nice for blues, but not for country or heavy metal or really heavy rock.
a2 is much more compressed and middy sounding, while a5 is brighter and has a quicker attack
AL3 was used in the earliest Fender pickups, and it had no Cobalt, so it isn't really AlNiCo (Aluminum Nickel Cobalt). Most current AL3 used for pickups does have Cobalt.
Some sweet sounding pickup sets using AL3 are being made today by Alan Hamel, Lindy Fralin, Peter Florence, etc.
The neck pickup in the new EJ sig Strat uses AL3.
Cryogenic freezing of wire and magnets (aligns atomic structure), degaussing (reduce magnet strength), and other "tricks" are used to modify pickups and make them sound more vintage.
Pickup making is an ART!
I'm more in the A-2 region, gotta love that sweetness. In my Tele Custom that I customed, I'm using an Alnico II Pro (Duncan) in the neck - it just has the best tone, whether full-on or split. In the bridge I put one of their Five-Two pickups - it has A-5 poles for the bass strings and A-2 poles for the trebles - very even and excellent sounding pickup.
For me, the alnico5's are brighter and the alnico2's are smoother.
I've used the Duncan APSII neck humbucker for a long time for the smooth buttery tone.
A5's are my Magnet of choice.....
Duncan 59' is the perfect bucker in my book.... And A5 singles coils are also my choice...
alnico 5 for strats(single coils).
i don't like a2 pickups for strats at all, not duncan alnico 2 pro, not dimarzio virtual2 set, NADA.... they aren't, well, stratty sounding to my ears. too warm and compressed. lack of piano character on the lower strings. a2 single coils have left a bad taste in my mouth.