Guitar Pickup Magnet
- AlNiCo & Ferrite
The magnetic pickup mounted on the Electric guitar's body help the sound production.A vibrating string cuts through the magnetic field in the pickup to produce a signal in the pickup's coil.
What the magnets in pickup look like:
Two type permanent magnets are used in pickups: AlNiCo and Ceramic/Ferrite. Magnets can be made into many shapes, but the pickups usually use cylinder and square. Regarding grades, people usually choose AlNiCo2, AlNiCo5, and Ceramic 8.
AlNiCo and Ceramic list at the end row of the magnet family based on magnetic force. Alnico is expensive but Ceramic is cheap. The price gap is also reflected in pickups. People only know that Alnico pickups are good, but do not know the ceramic ferrite pickups are good as well. So if you want to ask which is better, there is no answer totally. It refers to the individual subjective feelings. Therefore Seymour Duncan made an interesting test. Use one guitar which assembles different magnets, playing the same song. Click here.