#1
hey guys im experimenting with my guitar....is it ok to remove the pickup covers and play like that? whats the difference in sound?
#3
It's possible, and some say it gives you a slightly brighter tone.
I suspect this is because the pickup cover evens out the magnetic field over a larger surface area, so it picks up a wider range of harmonics along the string at slightly lower amplitudes.

I could be wrong, I don't know the theory behind it.
#4
Your pickups might buzz a little more uncovered.

Granted you can get the covers off easily, by all means go for it.
#5
The difference is minimal. And by minimal, I mean what you're hearing is almost entirely placebo. And if its BKPs, Tim compensates for the cover so there is no difference at all.
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#6
it's not placebo...

The coverings smoothen out the tone, from high to low. Whereas when you remove them you get a crisper tone out of them, with highs that will be noticeably brighter, maybe even too much for some people.
Gear:

Squier Strat
Epiphone Explorer
Agile AL-3100

No AMP
#8
Given that the covers are soldered to the base of the pickup which is in turn wired to ground, would the cover not stop a lot of the field from reaching the coils properly?
#9
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Given that the covers are soldered to the base of the pickup which is in turn wired to ground, would the cover not stop a lot of the field from reaching the coils properly?


Yeah, covered pickups are quieter. Just putting a cover on a pickup will eliminate some extra hum, regardless of a ground wire being attached to it.

I think the look of covered pickups is quite sexy. Very sleek...