#1
I heard that a Single Coil pickup gets its particular tone from having a narrower magnetic field than a humbucker.

Humbuckers are in my experience not as bright or 'twangy' as single coils. However, if a humbucker has a wider magnetic field, and is more sensitive, wouldn't it effectively pick up a wider range of higher harmonics, therefore making it brighter?

A P-90 is a big single coil in terms of construction, but it still sounds warmer than a Fender-style single coil.

Can anyone explain this?
I'm guessing that it's because of the increased resistance and capacitance of the larger coils of a humbucker or P-90, but I'm not sure if this is true.

Thanks in advance
#2
would it be phase cancellation? EDIT: apologies for worst description ever
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#3
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would it be phase cancellation? EDIT: apologies for worst description ever

Where would the phase cancellation take place? I thought all harmonics are initiated simultaneously, and their frequencies are even divisions of the fundamental, so when would they be out of phase?

And I'm not sure what you mean by worst description ever.
#4
sounds like you know more about it than i do.

maybe just the fact that it's sensing along a wider portion of the string, so there are more frequencies in there already, making things sound warmer and bigger? I dunno...
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#5
Generally larger magnets will be darker but also humbuckers tend to have a higher resistance. If you ever look at any low pass filter type design resistors feature heavily in it.
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Generally larger magnets will be darker but also humbuckers tend to have a higher resistance. If you ever look at any low pass filter type design resistors feature heavily in it.

Why are larger magnets darker? Lower inductance or something?