How to identify humbucker magnet type?

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  1. daley.bc

    daley.bc TDPRI Member

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    Hi all

    I have some reissue fender wide range humbuckers that have been pulled apart and put back together many, many times. I can't remember if i switched the baseplate or magnets around on either the neck or bridge. I can identify the coils easily but is there a way to visually identify if the bar magnet is alnico 2 or 4/5 etc? Or is there some other test that I could perform?

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  2. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Good question. That I would like to know the answer to, also.
     
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    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    Alnico2 have a green mark on them, Alnico5 have a red mark on them. Placed on them by most manufacturers. Don't know what other colors are used for the 3, 4 and 8 mags.
     
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    I know Ceramic magnets are dark in color. Alnicos are silvery.
     
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    Check the Gauss reading with a magnetometer.
     
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