Pickup add-on strip from the 90s

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  1. I Heart Guitar

    I Heart Guitar Member

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    I just had a flashback to something I remember seeing in a guitar mag in about 91 (it could have been out earlier than that, but 91 is when I started buying guitar mags at age 12).

    It was a strip of metal designed to be placed on top of a pickup to extend/focus/alter/ruin/enhance [circle all that apply] its magnetic field. It had sort of spike/diamond shapes where each pole piece would go.

    I can't remember what it was called and I certainly haven't seen one in the wild. Does anyone remember this thing? Did anyone try it? What's the deal with that thing? Now that it's drifted back through my mind I can't go on living until I get to the bottom of this mystery.
     
  2. awallace

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    I totally remember those... but what were they called... hmmm... I sill have boxes of old guitar mags in the basement... maybe I could dig in and find one of those ads. For some reason I want to say 'AdderPlus' but I don't think that's it.
     
  3. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Seems like snake oil, really. I guarantee if it enhanced clarity that Leo would have done it (cause that was his thing). Should be easy to test out by drilling holes in a couple of metal plates (one ferrous and one non-ferrous) and seeing if it changes anything?
     
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    frederic knows bes!
     
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    I remember those! They were brass (?) strips that simply stuck to the pole pieces. I too want to say "Adder", but it's hazy - 'twas quite some time ago... :D

    They aren't baseplates (added underneath the pickup) - those actually work... They take a regular Strat pickup and give it some Tele bottom end (Telecaster bridge pickups have them). The add-ons the OP talks about probably didn't work as well - or else we'd all have them :)
     
  8. I Heart Guitar

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    Yeah, 'Adder' is ringing a bell but Google doesn't seem to be throwing up anything useful. Might have to go on an eBay spree and buy up a bunch of those old Guitar Worlds for nostalgic/research purposes.
     
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    Would love to see how they'd interact with an Ebow... I predict rattly, humfuzzed mayhem.

    ...and scratched pickup covers.



    ....just a minute guys, time for my solo...gotta run to the micstand and slap on my Adder (tm)...


    ...do they make an Adder that won't mess with my tone?
     
  11. awallace

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    Thanks for finding that... it was kind of driving me crazy and I really didn't want to dig out all my boxes of old magazines...

    It's actually kind of demented that I remembered who made them... late 80's? early 90's?
     

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