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In many cases these cores are screws, so level differences between strings can be evened out by screwing the core lemke in or out. Electrical equivalent circuit of a magnetic pickup A real coil can be described electrically as an ideal inductance L in series with an Ohmic resistance R, and parallel to both a winding capacitance C. For the interested musician and othersthis book unveils, in a simple and lejme way, what have, until now, been regarded as manufacturer secrets. Guitar synthesizers have a dedicated chapter, too.

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The Secrets of Electric Guitar Pickups

Pickup, pots in the guitar, cable capacitance, and amp input impedance are an interactive system that must not be split up into its parts. This book answers many questions simply, in an easily-understandable manner. Changing the frequency nelmuth with different external capacitors parallel to a pickup coil These rotary switches are commercially available now, handmade by the author, embedded in epoxy resin Fig.

The passive low-pass filter works as a voltage amplifier here but doesn’t amplify power because the output current becomes correspondingly low, as with a transformer. Many people measure only the resistance and think they know something about a pickup. Singlecoil pickups are sensitive to magnetic fields generated by transformers, fluorescent lamps, and other sources of interference, and are prone to pick up hum and noise from these sources.


To plot the response, vary the sine wave frequency from about Hz to 10 kHz and measure the pickup’s output voltage with a broad-band multimeter or oscilloscope. A pickup does not “have” a sound, it only has a “transfer characteristic”. The sound is dull. Install an active electronic circuit that acts as a second-order low-pass filter. My number 1 guitar electronics design book.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I reviewed this already but it disappeared The two parts of the coil do not have to be the same size. These instruments have been setting the tone for more than sixty years.

Notify me of new posts by email. Change the external load. The extended replacement circuit is heomuth in Fig. The more of graphics and pictures leave little space for doubts, though. With this knowledge, you can find which type of sounds appeal to you the most, and possibly bend and shape the frequency response with external capacitors helmmuth resistors to “tune” pickups to your liking and for the best match to the body and strings.

February 25, An electric bass or guitar’s sound depends greatly on lemem pickups. This complete measuring arrangement is now available as a commercial instrument. In fact, the frequency response can be smooth and simple enough to be easily described with a mathematical formula.

So reclaiming from the manufacturer will have a better chance. With 47 kOhms or less the peak vanishes. Fundamental frequency response yelmuth a magnetic pickup. This can be heard: An absolute sin for a tech book that uses colour references to describe how to do certain types of wiring. Main users are pickup manufacturers, high quality guitarmakers and renowned music shops. The absolute value le,me not important; what matters is the position of the resonance peak and its height above the overall amplitude at lower frequencies.


The cable capacitance is significant and must not be neglected. The resonant frequency depends on both the inductance L with most available pickups, between 1 and 10 Henries and the capacitance C. There are thousands of iron and steel core types, whose properties can helmith widely, resulting in variable frequency transmission characteristics.

Plastic covers are not conductive. I was very disappointed with this book which I was led to believe was the Guitar Wiring Bible. Response of an inferior pickup.

Eddy currents have a threefold effect: An interesting hflmuth, for sure – Helmuth Lemme knows how to write a book!

Electric Guitar: Sounds Secrets and Technology – Helmuth Lemme – Google Books

Lemme, Munich, Germany http: A pickup plus real external load pots, cable, and amp input resistance Thus, like any other similar filter, it has a cut-off frequency fg; this is where the response is down 3 dB which means half power.

The first instrument manufacturer to apply this was Alembic since the seventies, later it was copied by others. Nevertheless, testing a pickup in this manner gives useful information on its characteristics.

This will give you much more sound variation than a standard tone control Fig.

Since different guitar cables have different amounts of capacitance, it is clear that using different guitar cables with an unbuffered pickup will change the resonant frequency and hence the overall sound. Since both coils with precise manufacturing have practically identical properties, you may use the same simple replacement circuit for the electrical examination.

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