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  • Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

    Which do you prefer and why? Ceramic magnets or Alnico magnets?

    Rudy D.
    40
    Ceramic Magnet
    25.00%
    10
    Alnico Magnet
    75.00%
    30

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

    Because i find them warmer and smoother.

    I am however a mainly rock/jazz/blues player. So im not into the heaviest of metal stuff.
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    • #3
      Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

      i like the tone of an alnico magnet in a pickup much more then the tone of the ceramic magnets. I know the ceramics can have a higher output but i don't need it for the sounds i like to get plus i really dislike the harsher high end that is typical of ceramic magnets.
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      • #4
        Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

        I love high gain and I think alnico magnets have the warmth and smoothness to keep things from getting shrill. Ceramics have more bite?

        I did an experiment once, I took my '59n and swapped the A5 out for a ceramic magnet, it got a lot more crunchy under gain but also a lot more bland/flat/cold sounding. I wanted the smoothness and the crunch so I stuck 2 ceramic magnets under the baseplate. Result: pretty good! Smooth crunch! Still great cleans.
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        Last edited by Nightburst; 08-16-2004, 02:52 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

          I'd say either. Whatever works for the sound you're looking for. I like high gain as well. (lots of metal etc.) But I've kind of moved away from ceramic magnets as I too wanted a bit more warmth in my tone. I use a BBQ and it sounds great under high gain. Its really subjective.

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          • #6
            Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

            I think Alnico amags are alot smoother less harsh, can get aggressive when needed, more dynamics and more versatile, ceramics just have a hard cold quality suitable for more moderate to high gain styles which can be a good thing, but I like to go clean and warm once in a while and with ceramics i find that i cant back off.
            Dills
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            Last edited by Dills; 08-16-2004, 03:24 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

              I was a ceramic user then discovered the open tone of alnicos. Now I'm discovering low output ceramics. But I'd say alnicos for the moment.

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              • #8
                Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                For the most part, I like Alnico magnets and specifically Alnico 2 and Alnico 3. Of course, the wiring, woods, weight, and other factors play a vital part as well.
                -Butch Snyder
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                • #9
                  Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                  I prefer alnico. Ceramics are a bit too shrill for my liking. Although ceramics and alnico both sound a bit smoother than active EMGs. Just my .02.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                    Originally posted by kill your scene
                    Butch - Your bulldogs are awesome. And the puppies are really cute. Congrats on your new litter. How old are they? Are you finding good homes?
                    Thanks!! They are 5 weeks old today and yes they are finding great homes. On e is ours. My wife screens everyone else.
                    -Butch Snyder
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                    • #11
                      Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                      I absolutely love the distortion tones of the ceramic SH-5 Custom, but I had to vote Alnico - vintage style Alnico pups give me all the tones I need across the board from clean to dirty.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                        Alnico 5 is what my ears tend to prefer. Big, tight lows, neutral mids, and airy, present highs. I like Alnico II only in bright guitars.

                        Ceramic? Only if it fits the guitar. I voted Alnico
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                        • #13
                          Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                          I didn't vote. I don't care what sort of magnet the pickup uses, as long as it sounds good.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                            I prefer Alnico II's for the most part but A5's work real well in some guitars for me as well. Oddly enough my fav is a ceramic in my SD SP-90-3 but nothing else I've used with a ceramic comes close except maybe the Invader when running flat out.

                            I voted Alnico since they are the bulk of my pup mags.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Ceramic Magnets or Alnico Magnets? WHich do you prefer and Why?

                              I think both magnets can be good for different things....but I really do love the crunch you can get from a ceramic. So that is where my vote goes

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