Is it possible to change the magnet stagger on single coils?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Guppie, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Guppie

    Guppie Member

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    "Rational stagger". That is a good one! Hope you don't mind if I use that one myself some times?
    I'm looking at Dimarzio's mostly. Great vintage sounding pickups with modern sensibility. And relatively affordable. (no affiliation ;) )
     
  2. Trinehart

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    I can't recall where I heard it but I think I saw a video that used a soldering iron to heat the pole piece and then gently push it down... YouTube perhaps? I am certainly no tech or expert.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i'd think that would melt the insulation of the coil wires and kill the pickup instantly :eek:

    (although maybe if it's enough heat to soften any wax but not enough to melt the wire coating then maybe that would let the pole slide through with less risk...)
     
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    I did on my middle texas special.
    Just tapped it down with a very small hammer.
    Didnt even have to remove it.
    Made a huge positive difference
     
  5. K-Line

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    Another reason I started winding my own pickups. I control every aspect and can dial in the exact sound in my head. I do not wrap my magnets and they will move to fine tune if necessary.
     
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  6. skydog

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    I'm just throwing something out there, please no blasting; is there anything one could use to coat the top of any pole pieces needing ‘reduced’?
     
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    That's how I've done it. Not looking for hot so much as warm enough to help the wax slip and quickly reset. I would never give any advise on doing such though as I was pretty accepting I was going to destroy mine and then have to order another. But it worked like a charm. The idea of hammering or forcing anything scares me more though.
     
  8. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    how dare you?? who do you think you are??

    ;)
    not reduced but i've heard of little disc magnets dropped on top to increase the strength and proximity, maybe a set of those topping off all the other poles to help balance?

    i wonder if one of those little magnets forced down "wrongways" onto the polepiece so it repels and i guess glued in place would serve to reduce the strength overall?

    bleh, i don't really like either idea :/
     
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