awesome post as usual! And, I have a suggestion for your next write up....A pick up I know absolutely nothing about, but have been very intriguied by at the same time. I forget the name of it, but it is made by Carvin. It is a humbucker but instead of the normal 12 pole pieces like most humbuckers it has 22. I am sure you know what I am talking about
When the Fender Jazz Master was first unveiled in 1958 it received little interest. The guitar was innovative and interesting but it had many problems. Not the least of which was it tendency to pick up lots of noise.
Leo designed the HUGE single coil pickups to have a fatter, warmer tone than the Strat or Tele both noted for their screaming high end. He hit his mark too. It's tone was much warmer with a much more pronounced bottom end than Fender guitars were known for. The problem was that they were not shielded and prone to pick up noise.
Don Randall worked for Fender at the time and said "It (the JazzMaster) never met with much favor because those big, wide, flat pickups were not shielded so you'd come on stage in Las Vegas among all the wires and cables you picked up too much hum and noise from the lights, Static and all. So it was never very effective as an instrument"
In 1962 the Jazz Master idea was reworked and named the Jaguar. This guitar had a more "Fender" looking and sounding pickup. The Jag pickup is distinguishable by its "claw". A chrome plated metal shield that also helped in canceling some magnetic hum but expanding the magnetic flux fields around the pickup.
The "claw" is grounded to the coil to reduce noise.
These guitar have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after becoming the weapon of choice for many Grunge and Alt rock acts of the 1990'S such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and of course Nirvana.
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The out put on these pickups is close to that of the Strat. Far lower than the 8.20K Ohms that the Jazz Master has. This extra wire is one other factor that made the Jazz Masters such low end monsters.
The purpose of the cover is to protect to coil from being damaged. If the cover happens to be made out of metal like the brass covers on a Les Paul it can also be used to shield against un wanted signal noise by grounding it.
In theory a plastic cover like the one on an EMG is made of a non conductive material and is therefor magnetically "invisible" to the pickup . A metal pickup cover can cause eddy currents. Some say these eddy currents rob your guitar of some of it's tone. Back in the day Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page pulled the covers off their pickups to get better tone. I don't really believe that it makes that much difference but who am I to argue with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
The other thing the plastic cover does on EMG and other active pickups is that they house the OPAMPs and wiring for the boost circuit. The it's all encased in epoxy so you can't see the magic parts!
He wanted something that was a cross between a P-90 and a Fender Jazz Master pickup. We came up with this.
I started with a standard Gibson style P-90 bobbin and drilled it out to accept some Fender style Alnico 5 slugs . After that, wind the whole thing up in 42GA wire. The wind is a little weaker than a normal P-90 so that it balances perfectly with the Fender Jag pickup it will be used with.
Wax potted for your protection.
One interesting thing about this pickup is that you can (CAREFULLY!!) push it out of the cover, turn it up side down and put it back in the cover if you want a matched RWRP set.
How crazy is that? These will be up on my web site soon.
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