Phiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwww!!!!!!!! You got me worried there for a second!!!! I ran to the shop and checked on all the pickups i have with covers on. They do NOT touch... there's space between the top of the cover and the magnets. This is why i got confused before ; i had a spare n/s cover from the dead tonerider wich i put on the 'fat slug' giovanni in the bl;ackguard. It sounded way better then the arced brass one. The n/s iss flat-topped so i just assumed (silly me) that the magnets touched. This was actually the case with the Keystone neck pickup, it has elevated poles... it sounded like poep by the way.