differences in Alnico?

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  1. clunk

    clunk Member

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    Just wanted to know what the difference in sound would be between alnico 2 and alnico 5 pickups. Lets say you have both types of pickups with the same amount of windings and wound the same way, what would the difference in sound be?

    Thanks,

    Clunk
     
  2. Curt

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    I prefer Alnico 2's by a wide margin. IMO, they are more pristine, clear and softer.
     
  3. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    In general,

    alnico 5 brighter
    alnico 2 warmer
     
  4. Junior

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    5's tend to be stronger, as they can be stonger - that is, and alnico 5 can be charged to a higher Gauss than alnico 2.

    5's have a bit more bite, and they're tighter in the bass.

    Or, looking at it the other way, 2's have boomier bass and mellower highs. Not necessarily less highs, but they're not as sharp and defined.
     
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    robyogi Silver Supporting Member

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    Anyone have any insight on Alnico III and IV...how they compare to II and V?
     
  6. blong

    blong Supporting Member

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    I think III and IV are between II and V. That's just my thinking.:D

    Actually, I have no idea, but after reading the thread on Colbert, Stewart, and Larry the Cable Guy (all brilliant comics, in my opinion) I thought it would be nice to throw some humor in somewhere, and I couldn't pass this one up.

    Bob
     
  7. clunk

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    Thanks for the responses and bit of insight.

    Clunk
     
  8. George Johnson

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    Weakest to strongest... III, II, IV, V.
     
  9. mybusinessmy

    mybusinessmy Member

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    Well, since Suhr V60LP's are Alnico 5, those have to be my fav. :D
     
  10. musicmind

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    The Eric Johnson strat has two Alnico3 (neck and middle) and an Alnico5 in the bridge position.

    Of course this doesnt mean much, since the type on wire and the number of windings will also influence the sound produced.
     
  11. clunk

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    Going to post my next question on another thread. Thanks for the responses.

    Clunk
     

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