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Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:50 pm
by savage
Does corrossion affect the sound a pickup? I ask cause I just noticed that some of the magnets on my strat's pickups have a bit of rust forming on them. I've noticed a change in tone over the past 2 years. It has taken a lot of abuse since I got it, and I cant help but notice the improvement in tone. I know that the pickups have been broken in, but I was just curious if corrosion has anything to do with the process.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:28 pm
by ricochet
Nope. Won't hurt or help a thing. Some people really want that look. I took part in a discussion on the Ampage's Pickup Maker's Forum on how to artificially corrode them a while back. People want to "relic" everything these days.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:36 pm
by blues power
i dont think it effect anything either. Rust is metals natural form and since "Rust Never Sleeps", i thinks your good to go. :)

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:17 pm
by savage
ok, cool, thanks guys. I didn't really think it was related to the sound. And regarding people making things look vintage..... I have nothing to say, haha. People take the wromg approaches to aquiring things that are genuine. When you immitate genuine character..... its not genuine. People are dumb. Sorry guys, thats just how I see it.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:36 pm
by ricochet
Yep.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:52 pm
by allanlummox
Actually, if anyone has any guitars they want "Custom Aged", I'll do it for a small fee.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:33 pm
by maxx england
My acoustic's got "patina", much like an old crate. Earned the hard way, clutched in the hands of a struggling wannabe. Never understood the concept of "pre-aged" jeans or furniture. That just means it's nearer to being thrown out.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:30 pm
by trguitar
I pulled my Strat out the other day to wail on her for a bit. I decided to look at the headstock as the serial number reveals the "born on" date. Mine was a 2. 1992 ... yep, thats about when I bought her. I thought, hey!, this thing is 14 years old. I'm getting there. lol My Les Paul Studio is even older. It is at least 15. Unfortunately, I take such care of them and have so many others I play, they look as new as the day I purchased them. Fake aging? Nah, not for me.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:28 pm
by ricochet
Me neither, TR, I keep mine shined up. Though I'm getting slack, my Johnson's got fingerprints all over it.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:03 pm
by trguitar
Sounds like you need to spend some time shining that Johnson then.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:08 am
by ricochet
Yeah, it needs a good rubdown, for sure.

Today I've been plugged in with my Agile in Open G minor and my Valve Junior.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:47 pm
by trguitar
Open G minor? Have to try that one. Sounds interesting.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:44 pm
by ricochet
It's a fun tuning. If you're in Open G, just tune the second string down a half step. Tune it back up when you want to go back.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:01 pm
by david
> I've noticed a change
>in tone over the past 2 years. It has taken a lot of abuse
>since I got it, and I cant help but notice the improvement
>in tone.

There is a simple formula to explain the improvement in your Strat's tone.
* If the abuse to the guitar is from your playing it
* And If your guitar has taken a lot of abuse
Then You have played a lot, which means YOU are getting a better tone from your guitar.

I bet I couldn't get that tone from your strat. Keep playing and it will sound even better.

I've often been amazed how my cheap guitars that just won't get a good tone sound so great when better guitarists play them.

RE: Corroded PU's

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:11 pm
by savage
You may be right, I've gotten more and more used to playing that guitar over the years. I feel most comfortable on it then any other guitar (even amongst my guitars). I know there are guitars with better action, are easier to play, and stay in tune better... but I suppose I've played this thing so much that my style of playing was developed on and formed around it.