PICKUP
FAQ's

These are the most frequently asked questions we get about our pickups, which I have posted here as it saves me from re-typing all this stuff over and over answering email questions.

 

Q:  "Is the pickup I want to buy ready-to-ship?"

A:   No, we build each pickup per order, at Classic Amplification we are a bespoke business, when you order and pay, then we build and ship. The turn around time is normally 30 days from order-to-ship.

 

 

Q:  "What is the difference in sound between the Classic RickTM Button-Top and Flat-Top pickups

A:   None, it's all about the look.

 

 

Q:  "Can I get my Classic HB-VTM humbuckers with Cream bobbins?

A:   Yes, and we call our cream color "Bone". Our standard humbucker bobbin colors are Bone, White, and Black. Other colors available upon special order.

 

 

Q:  "Can I get my Classic SC-STM with Parchment color covers?

A:   Yes, our standard SC-S (for Strat) pickup cover colors are Parchment, White, and Black. Other colors available upon special order.

 

 

Q:  "Can I get Classic Rick TM RB4X4 for my 4004 set with Gold covers?

A:   Not currently, we do Chrome, and Black Texture powder coated covers. We have done other colors on a special order basis.

Gold plating is very expensive to have done, for instance a local plating shop in my area wants $100 to gold plate a pickup cover. They say it's because they "have to strip the chrome and nickel off, then polish, then plate with gold, it's a labor cost".

If you send me your own gold (OEM) covers, I can build your Classic Rick TM pickups with the covers you provide which would be about the only way to get them in gold finish.

 

 

Q:  "What wire gauge will you use on my pickups?

A:   Depends on the pickup type, and customer requirement.

  • Classic Rick TM
    pickups are normally made with #44 SPN
     
  • Classic HB-V TM
    vintage style
    humbucking pickups are normally made with #42 SPN or PE
     
  • Classic HB-M TM
    modern style
    humbucking pickups are normally made with #42 or #43 SPN
     
  • Classic SC-S TM
    single coil pickups are normally made with #42 HPN or HFV
     
  • Classic SC-T TM
    single coil pickups are normally made with #42 or #43 HPN or HFV
     

SPN= Single build, Poly-Nylon coated
HPN= Heavy build, Poly-Nylon coated
HFV= Heavy build, Formvar (varnish) coated
PE= Single build, Plain Enamel coated

Depending on the pickup type the customer can request their pickups with a different wire gauge and type at no additional cost on a special order basis.

 

 

Q:  "What Ohms will you make my pickups?

A:   Depends on the pickup type and customer.

First a few words about Ohm readings because Ohm readings do not entirely or accurately describe a pickup's output. They only used as a means for an average person who does not make pickups and may have little understanding of pickup construction to get some idea about a pickups output for comparative use. An Ohm reading only tells us the DC resistance of the coil.

The signal output of a pickup depends mainly upon the number of turns of wire wound on the pickup which is known as the Turn Count or TC of the ammount of wire. The wire gauge and magnets strength also contribute to the output along with the size and geometry of the coil. The tension the wire is wound with is a critical factor because the wire being very fine (like a human hair) and can actusally stretch becomming smaller gauge and therefor giving a higher Ohm reading for the same TC number.

Pickups are actually wound to a TC not an Ohm reading, a coil winder winds the wire to the TC number at a certain tension.

Temperature effects the Ohm readings too, for instance if you take an Ohm meter reading on a coil wound with #44 wire and it reads 7,600-Ohms, then hold the coil in your hand for 4-5 minutes and take another reading you would get a higher Ohm reading perhaps 7,800-Ohms and finally if you place the coil in the freezer for 4-5 minutes and take another Ohm reading and you would see something like maybe 7,200-Ohms.

In the list below I use the Tilde ~ symbol for meaning "about" or "approximate":

  • Classic Rick TM
    ~7.6K Neck, ~8.3K Bridge
     
  • Classic HB-V TM
    ~7.2K Neck, ~8.2K Bridge
     
  • Classic HB-M TM
    ~7.6K Neck, 8-10K Bridge
     
  • Classic SC-S TM
    ~5.6K Neck, ~5.8K Mid, ~6K Bridge
     
  • Classic SC-T TM
    ~6K Neck, ~8.5K Bridge
     

Depending on the pickup type customers can request their pickups wound to a different specification, at no additional cost on a special order basis.

Certain pickups cannot be overwound too much because of their physical constraints for instance their covers or bobbin size may prevent a larger coil.

If you want your own parameters (different wire or certain Ohms reading) different from ours listed above, it will be a special order and you will need to know exactly what you want. I cannot afford the time trading several emails trying to explain things and lead you a decision you should know when asking for special parameters. Special orders are non-returnable.

 

 

Q:  "What kind of lead wire cable do you use?

A:   Depends on the pickup type and customer.

Normally we use a 2 Conductor cable with an additional shield/drain wire, this is very high quality cable made by Canare. We can do vintage cloth-braid pushback wire if desired.

 

 

 

 

 


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