G&L Magnetic Field Design single-coils

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  1. Gravel Road

    Gravel Road TDPRI Member

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    The neck pickup on this G&L Tribute Series ASAT Classic has a metal base plate just like the bridge pickup. Does the base plate cause the magnetic field design they talk about in their description of this guitar. And, what is a magnetic field design? It is not broken so I am not going to fix it. G&L guitar 1.jpg
     
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  2. Si G X

    Si G X Tele-Holic

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    It's part of the design, how much effect it has on it's own I don't know .... IIRC they have a ceramic bar in there and adjustable poles, so it's more like a half a humbucker in it's design than a traditional single coil with rod magnets.
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yes, the MFDs are essentially ceramic bar magnets on the base and the adjustable pole pieces are cast iron. Hence, they have a sort of unique sound. I happen to like them for a slightly dirty sound that’s different than the traditional alnicos.
     
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  4. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    I had a 2003 G&L S-500 a few years ago and ended up selling it. I tried to like the MFD pickups but I guess they just weren’t for me. They definitely have a unique sound and I agree they sound better slightly dirty vs. clean.

    She was a beauty though.

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  5. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    Totally off-topic, but I love how G&L puts that mini-toggle on the S-500 to turn on the bridge pickup...I did something similar with a push/pull potentiometer on my Strat...
     
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