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    Quote Originally Posted by OliSam View Post
    Good or not? Real pro buckets or not?
    I'll find out when I get the kit together!


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    Hmm a few nice goodies there and bonus no soldering! Hey you could check to see if the pickups are wax potted, cheap ones they dont bother with..
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroburner1000 View Post
    Hmm a few nice goodies there and bonus no soldering! Hey you could check to see if the pickups are wax potted, cheap ones they dont bother with..
    How to check that?
    I can't see any residual wax around the screws....


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    Well if they aren't, they should be pretty microphonic once you fit them and play the guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    Well if they aren't, they should be pretty microphonic once you fit them and play the guitar.
    Hi Simon. Sorry for sounding a bit stupid but what does microphonic sound like?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OliSam View Post
    How to check that?
    I can't see any residual wax around the screws....


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    To check for wax potted look for any wax resides on the underneath of the pickups, try scraping around with your fingernail or a toothpick. if you can find any wax they should be ok. What Simon means by microphonic, is that if the pickups are not wax potted, i.e. dipped in wax, they will sound a bit like a microphone and pick up a lot of noise from around you, just like a mic. The wax helps with stopping any feedback you may get from the pickups.
    If they are not wax potted when they are connected you can talk into them and hear your voice through a connected anp. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroburner1000 View Post
    To check for wax potted look for any wax resides on the underneath of the pickups, try scraping around with your fingernail or a toothpick. if you can find any wax they should be ok. What Simon means by microphonic, is that if the pickups are not wax potted, i.e. dipped in wax, they will sound a bit like a microphone and pick up a lot of noise from around you, just like a mic. The wax helps with stopping any feedback you may get from the pickups.
    If they are not wax potted when they are connected you can talk into them and hear your voice through a connected anp. Hope this helps.
    thanks so much nitro!

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    Also if you hold the guitar with the strings damped and turn up the amp's volume and gain, then with microphonic pickups you'll get a high pitched feedback sound, (the winding lengths on the pickups are small, so the fundamental notes are at a high frequency), a very different sound to normal guitar feedback.

    Original PAFs weren't dipped at all, so were all slightly microphonic. The scatterwound nature of the windings kept this to a minimum, as where the wires cross over each other they help to damp any resonance. But sometimes un-potted pickups with neat parallel windings can be very microphonic indeed (especially when it's warm and the windings expand and slacken). I've had to replace three pickups for being very microphonic in the past - so much so that even with a clean amp at a low volume they squealed like mad. These days, I'd probably have a go at potting them myself, though two were only cheap pickups and they got replaced with much better ones.
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    Brilliant Simon. Thanks mate


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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    Also if you hold the guitar with the strings damped and turn up the amp's volume and gain, then with microphonic pickups you'll get a high pitched feedback sound, (the winding lengths on the pickups are small, so the fundamental notes are at a high frequency), a very different sound to normal guitar feedback.

    Original PAFs weren't dipped at all, so were all slightly microphonic. The scatterwound nature of the windings kept this to a minimum, as where the wires cross over each other they help to damp any resonance. But sometimes un-potted pickups with neat parallel windings can be very microphonic indeed (especially when it's warm and the windings expand and slacken). I've had to replace three pickups for being very microphonic in the past - so much so that even with a clean amp at a low volume they squealed like mad. These days, I'd probably have a go at potting them myself, though two were only cheap pickups and they got replaced with much better ones.
    Thanks for adding that Simon... 😀
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    Maton Electric Acoustic EM325C
    Onyx hummingbird Series Acoustic Guitar
    Pitbull Guitars ST-1 ( finished)http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5970
    Pitbull Guitars SG-2 ( Finished)http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6124

    Pitbull Guitars JM-1 (Painting body)http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=7150

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