Will a nickel pickup cover affect my tone?

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  1. boltrecords

    boltrecords Member

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    Just put a Duncan slash pickup in my les Paul, I also bought a nickel pickup cover from duncan so it will match my stock bridge pickup. The slash pup was only available in black or zebra.
    My question is, will putting the cover over the pickup alter the tone at all? Does it darken or dampen it at all?
     
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    what i found, it gives a little more softer bass and softer trebles while it still retains the mid a tad. i like them with out the cover on the neck positions. YMMV
     
  3. boltrecords

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    I originally switched the Neck pickup because it was a little too dark. The new pickup sounds much better but in thinking a big part if it may be because now it doesn't have the nickel cover. I wonder if I put a cover over the new pup will it sound the way the other pickup did.
     
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    you should try it, nothing beat experiencing it by yourself than asking forum mongrels ;)
     
  5. boltrecords

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    I wanted to kind of get an idea before taking the strings off, taking the pickups out and soldering to pick up to the cover.
     
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    Nickel-Silver covers change the capacitance, I believe they pick up stray capacitance. It provides better grounding, and unless we are talking original PAF's, I think very few cork-sniffers will agree on the topic.
     
  7. HEY!YOU!

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    I've done the cover on/cover off experiment back in 1976.
    No difference.

    NO.
     
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    If it does, you won't be able to tell the difference.

    Your dog might, but not you.
     
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    Thanks. I'll give it a shot
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Huge difference for me. More output w/o covers. More of a ringing, sweeter tone with.

    Easy to hear the difference with clean and mildly distorted tones. Much harder to tell if you like heavier fuzz/distortion.
     
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    as they say in my country - suck it and see :p
     
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    I've always liked the look of silver covers myself really dresses out a guitar. I put a little 3M adhesive putty behind them......no wax anywhere on my pickups.
     
  14. walterw

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    the trick is getting them on tight so they don't squeal.

    here's a great video of how to do it right (the detail about pressing in the sides so that when the pickup went in they got pushed out, causing the top to not bulge anymore was the eye-opener for me).



    the caulk weirds me out, so i just melt a pinch of wax in there, re-heating it with the heat gun as the pickup goes in. turns out rock-solid and squeal-free.

    as for tone, there's maybe a pinch of mellowing, but it's pretty subtle with good covers (i.e., not brass).
     
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