Don’t sHun lowout­put pIck­ups

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“If you over­wind a pickup or use a magnet that is too strong, all the high-end gets rolled off,” says Tim Mills of Bare Knuckle pick­ups. “That leaves you with a tone that is dy­nam­i­cally un­re­spon­sive and lack­ing in any sort of def­i­ni­tion. Ul­ti­mately un­us­able. With a proper se­lec­tion of wire gauge and magnet type it is pos­si­ble to get ex­tremely high out­put from pick­ups, while re­tain­ing a good de­gree of clar­ity, al­though the higher in out­put you go, the more compressed the tone gets. A lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise lower-pow­ered pick­ups can work re­ally well in ap­pli­ca­tions usu­ally re­served for high-out­put pick­ups.”

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