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BrentD

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Jan 4th, 2016 02:38 PM        

You recommended a GFS humbucking Gold Foil to me in a thread last week. Alnico or Ferrite?



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Jan 5th, 2016 08:07 PM        

I have the alnico version. Never tried the ferrite/ceramics.<br /> <br /> Generally, alnico mags generate a broader, smoother response; ceramics are more focused sounding. But that's just me.<br /> <br /> Ask a guy like Joe Barden, and he'll tell you it doesn't matter where you get your magnetism. What matters is materials and how they're assembled.



BrentD

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Jan 6th, 2016 11:05 AM        

Thanks. It's not a big deal either way, I was just wondering what version led to your recommendation.



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Jan 6th, 2016 12:19 PM        

I've got one of the ferrite single coils in the neck of a tele, normal tele pickup in the bridge (I can't remember what). Peegoo described it pretty well, sounds great with a little gain, not as good clean. Not as high-fi sounding as the alnico, kinda raunchy in a good way. I've got a 4-way switch in this one and all positions are very useful, no big volume changes between positions. I think you'll be happy either way.



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Jan 6th, 2016 02:49 PM        

I concur. <br /> <br /> The differences between alnico and ceramic are subtle enough that a person (even with very good ears) listening to you play could not tell what kind of mags are in there.<br /> <br /> It's more a personal preference than anything else because these are passive devices.<br /> <br /> The difference between alnico and ceramic in a speaker, however, is a whole 'nuther ball of wax because a speaker's coil is active. The AC current through the coil causes alnico to demagnetize and magnetize as it generates sound. <br /> <br /> Ceramic mags don't do this. It's why alnico speakers 'compress' volume the way they do.



BrentD

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Jan 7th, 2016 06:59 PM        

Do you guys think one might be a better choice than the other given a korina body and neck?



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Jan 7th, 2016 07:07 PM        

What's your preferred style of music?



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Jan 7th, 2016 07:19 PM        

I did a Gold Foil (Alnico) in the neck position and a GFS Lil Puncher in the bridge on this one. It took some tweaking of pickup height to balance them out, but I dig it.



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Jan 7th, 2016 08:36 PM        

I'm flexible on the style of music, but I like barky humbucker tone. I don't own a Gretsch but I could dig it for sure.<br /> <br /> My Gibson P-90s always seemed darker than this one is, but mostly I want to ditch the noise. For $35 it's worth a try!



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Jan 7th, 2016 09:31 PM        

Go with the alnicos. They are smoother, I think. Probably get you a Gretschier feel/response than ceramics.



BrentD

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Jan 8th, 2016 01:38 PM        

That's what I figured. I wouldn't necessarily want "focus" anyway if the wood is too middy. Could be ugly or overbearing.



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