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Unread 12-17-2005, 03:49 PM   #61
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Bigger magnets... Do they have more sustain? That's what the guy at GC said..

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Unread 12-17-2005, 05:15 PM   #62
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I also have a Yamaha Pacifica. I put big strings on them,Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys .12-.54,yeah they're big. I find that the humbucker sustains pretty good,it's not as beefy as I'd like it to be. I do use the neck pickup a lot,they have a great SRV sound. I have a pretty good amp that lets the pickups do their job. I don't know if this has been touched,but what kind of amp do you have?
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Bigger magnets... Do they have more sustain? That's what the guy at GC said..
Umm... does he really mean bigger magnets? The more powerful a magnet is, the more it "drags" on the strings, killing sustain.
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Unread 12-17-2005, 05:43 PM   #64
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Umm... does he really mean bigger magnets? The more powerful a magnet is, the more it "drags" on the strings, killing sustain.
The diameter of the magnets were larger than normal. I don't know if there were more powerful though. It was on the Schecter C-1 Exotic.
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The diameter of the magnets were larger than normal. I don't know if there were more powerful though. It was on the Schecter C-1 Exotic.
i could name a few reasons the C-1 Exotic would have more sustain than an Pacifica, and I wouldn't start talking about the pickup suntil point 4 or 5.
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i could name a few reasons the C-1 Exotic would have more sustain than an Pacifica, and I wouldn't start talking about the pickup suntil point 4 or 5.
I wasn't comparing it to the Pacifica, I just wanted to know if he was right.
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I wasn't comparing it to the Pacifica, I just wanted to know if he was right.
ahh...well...more powerful pickups can appear to have more sustain up to a point...
as a pickup increases in output, it's apparent sustain may also increase because a higher output pickup will be more sensitive to faint string vibration.

However, higher output pickups usually get that way by having a more powerful magnetic field. This increasing in magnetic field will tend to stablize your strings over the pole-pieces resulting in decreased sustain as your pickups get closer to the strings.
Also, I should note that the pickups on the Schecter C-1 Exotic has bigger polepieces, not a bigger magnet (for those of you who don't feel like venturing to Schecter's website, think Seymour Duncan Invader). The larger pole-pieces I believe give an increased magnetic field.
Not to be overlooked, the increased output of the pickups can result in richer harmonics which could also lend itself to sustain...there's just too many factors involved to be able to say "bigger polepieces = more sustain" or "more magnets = more sustain"
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