Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Dear Sheldon, I know from Your site that You have designed and currently build Your pick Ups in shop under Your specifications. In particular, I would like to know the reasons behind Your choice to use Neodymium magnets instead of any other (Alnico, Ceramic). Neodymium has a stronger field, potentially generating a strong string pull (Q-Tuners have this problem, unless screwing down a lot the polar expansion grains). Your pick ups instead are balanced in volume string to string, and no not produce a considerable chorus effect on the upper octave and lower strings. First question: Why did You consider Neodymium better than Alnico or ceramic for Your basses? Second question: Did You ever experiment with Silver / Gold wire instead of Polysol, Enamel and the like copper based? What do You think about silver in particular? Third question: I have lowered down the strings to achieve lowerst action possible on the Z2. Which are Your Optimal distances recommended between strings and pick up in order to minimize chorus effect and string pull? Thanks Sheldon, PS: Your Z2 still amazes me. In particular, when at 01:00 in the morning I am still practicing in fron of the television LUMINLAY dots help me place my hand: It is not that I could not do it without, but it looks like the when the airctaft is landing in night... I really enjoy it. :lol:
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We decided on Neodymium due to the fact that the Alnico pickups we tested on other basses distorted when the B-string was really pushed. Since then we've learned more about Alnico and how to use it and augment it, so I won't rule Alnico out for future development. I don't see a lot of need to look into ceramic. Magnetic pull is a concern. We didn't design that in, it just happened that way. If it would have been a problem we would have dealt with it though. As far as exotic wire goes, we've still got a long way to go to get the most out of copper.
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Thanks Sheldon, it is very intresting he fact that, despite of new and exotic materials for wires to be used for Pick Ups, still Copper can play its aces! Sheldon, may You suggest me Your standard pick up to string distance, as I have lowered a lot the strings to achieve minimum action? Thanks a lot, Alberto
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This might answer your question: [url:15i2tcst]https://www.dingwallguitars.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=530[/url:15i2tcst]
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Thanks NaH, that was really the piece of information i was looking after! Alberto
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